Order of Canada: Chantal Kreviazuk, Sheldon Kennedy among 95 honorees
Governor General's office announces 95 appointments to the Order of Canada
The Governor General's office announced 95 appointments to the Order of Canada on Friday, including former Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney, Hockey Night in Canada announcer Bob Cole and AIDS research pioneer Dr. Julio Montaner.
Three Canadians were named companions, the order's highest tier. Among them was Dick Pound, a Montreal-based lawyer and former president of the World Anti-Doping Agency. He also served two stints as a vice-president of the International Olympic Committee.
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"I've never thought it is right that you should get cheated out of a result because somebody is deliberately breaking the rules and taking doping substances," said Pound.
"It's not right, and it destroys a lot of the value of sports for everybody who plays fair and gets beaten for having done what everyone promised to do, which is to play fair."
Pound's appointment to companion was a promotion, as he was named an officer of the order in 1992.
The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to "recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation." More than 6,000 people have been named members since its inception.
The three tiers of the order are companion, officer and member.
Among the most notable new appointments is Mark Carney, who spent more than five years as the governor of the Bank of Canada and is credited with successfully steering Canada's economy through the global recession. Carney became the governor of the Bank of England in July 2013.
The 79 notable Canadians to receive the honour as members included Hockey Night in Canada stalwart announcer Bob Cole; Wally Buono, one of the CFL's most successful coaches; Brenda Clark, the illustrator behind the popular children's book series Franklin the Turtle; and married pop music stars and philanthropists Raine Maida and Chantal Kreviazuk.
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Former NHL player and advocate for sexually abused youths Sheldon Kennedy was also named a member. Kennedy, who himself was a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a former junior coach, said he hopes the appointment inspires other victims to come forward and seek help.
"For these issues to be represented and understood and to be recognized at this level, to me, is absolutely huge," said Kennedy, a 10-year-NHL veteran.
"My message is really about hope, and that you're not alone. Our country is a lot more understanding of these issues today than we were even 10 years ago, and to me that should give people confidence to come forward," he said.
Each year there are about three ceremonies in Ottawa where honourees are formally invested into the order by the Governor General. Those listed Friday will be able to attend an upcoming ceremony of their choice in 2015.
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With files from The Canadian Press