43 Canadians receive Order of Canada

Rocker Tom Cochrane and Montreal dancer Marie Chouinard were appointed officers of the Order of Canada on Friday in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa that honoured 43 Canadians for their contributions to public life.

Rocker Tom Cochrane and Montreal dancer Marie Chouinard were appointed officers of the Order of Canada on Friday in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

Rocker Tom Cochrane, left, receives his medal from Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean marking his appointment as an officer of the Order of Canada in a ceremony at Rideau Hall Friday. ((CBC))

Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean honoured 43 Canadians with the order, the country's highest civilian award, in a solemn ceremony. 

Two Canadians — Toronto lawyer Purdy Crawford and former Supreme Court justice Frank Iacobucci — were promoted to companion of the order, the highest level.

In a speech before the investiture, Jean hailed the Order of Canada winners as examples for the country. 

"These role models do more than show us the way. They push us to go further than they themselves have gone," she said.

"We have all gained from your accomplishments, and may we all learn from your experience."

Jean announced that a new program that asks Order of Canada recipients to mentor young Canadians will get under way this summer.

Youth activist Craig Kielburger, of Toronto, is invested as member of the Order of Canada by Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean on Friday at Rideau Hall. ((Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press))

Recipients of the order "have told me that nothing makes them happier than to see the same passion that has inspired their lives and made them happy in a young person's eyes," she said.

She named 11 officers of the Order of Canada, the second-highest honour, including Cochrane, a rocker known for such hits as Life Is a Highway, and Chouinard, a Montrealer known for her avant-garde choreography.

Cochrane, who hails from Lynn Lake, Man., was honoured in part for his humanitarian work in Africa, which he described as a place where the "people are compelling.

"I feel I’ve got more out of it than I’ve put in," he said in an interview with CBC News after the investiture.

"If we can, as artists, occasionally lend our voice to it to draw attention to it, then to me, it's not really putting out," he said. "It's the satisfaction of helping World Vision save lives, War Child; there's a lot of great organizations out there."

Other officers of the order appointed Friday:

  • Paul Corkum of Ottawa, an expert on lasers and a scientist with the National Research Council.
  • Eric Hoskins of Simcoe, Ont., a physician and president of War Child Canada.
  • Donat Lacroix of Caraquet, N.B., a fisherman, actor, poet and singer whose song Viens voir l'Acadie is an anthem for Acadians.
  • Edward A. Lyons of Winnipeg, a leading specialist in diagnostic ultrasound.
  • Alistair MacLeod of Windsor, Ont., a novelist whose works include the critically acclaimed No Great Mischief.
  • Arthur B. McDonald of Kingston, Ont., director of the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory.
  • Derek Oland of Saint John, N.B., chair of Moosehead Brewery.
  • Miles Richardson of Haida Gwai, B.C., president of the Council of the Haida Nation and an activist for native land rights.
  • Jane Stewart of Montreal, a pioneer in behavioural neuroscience.

The new members of the order, the lowest rank, have made contributions in the arts, health care, business and science.

Musical talents who were honoured include Jim Vallance of Vancouver, a prolific songwriter who penned the fundraising song Tears Are Not Enough; Douglas MacPhee of New Waterford, N.S., a pianist and advocate for Cape Breton's traditional music; and Métis fiddler John Arcand of Saskatoon.

Biographer Charlotte Gray of Ottawa is invested as member to the Order of Canada by Gov. Gen. Michaëlle Jean on Friday at Rideau Hall. ((Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press))

Writers named to the order include novelist and founder of the Eden Mills Festival Leon Rooke and Ottawa's Charlotte Gray, a biographer who chronicled the life of Susannah Moodie and Isabel Mackenzie King.

Also among those honoured was Craig Kielberger, who began as an activist at age 12 when he discovered the appalling work conditions of children living in the developing world. He founded Free the Children and continues as an activist for social justice.

Others named members of the Order of Canada:

  • Tony Aspler of Toronto, columnist and wine critic.
  • Hélène-Andrée Bizier of Montreal, journalist, TV host and author who brought Quebec's history and culture to her fellow citizens.
  • Chrystine Brouillet of Montreal, a Quebec novelist and writer of young adult fiction.
  • Elizabeth (Libby) Burnham of Toronto, a lawyer, corporate director and volunteer.
  • Jean C. Chiasson, former mayor of Shippigan, N.B.
  • Joan Craig, who established the Provincial Autism Centre in Halifax and is an advocate for the arts.
  • Mary Dawson, a lawyer and senior executive with Justice Canada known for her work with language laws.
  • Armand de Mestral of Westmount, Que., a McGill University professor and expert on trade law.
  • Robert Doyle of Stratford, Ont., a leading figure in set and costume design who has contributed to more than 500 theatre productions and created historical costumes for the Fortress of Louisbourg.
  • William Fitzgerald of St. Anthony, N.L., a surgeon and local volunteer.
  • Barry French of Oakville, Ont., a professor of aerospace studies and co-founder of Gedex, which develops Earth-imaging technology.
  • Muriel Gold of Westmount, Que., artistic director of the Saidye Bronfman Centre and author of several books on theatre.
  • Lynda Haverstock of Regina, a former lieutenant-governor of Saskatchewan.
  • Zbigniew Kabata of Nanaimo, B.C., an authority on marine parasites.
  • René J. Marin of Ottawa, a judge who led several federal commissions of inquiry.
  • Robert R. McEwen of Toronto, chairman and chief executive of Goldcorp.
  • Thomas W. Noseworthy of Calgary, an authority and government adviser on public health.
  • Lola Rasminsky of Toronto, who developed new arts education programs for children.
  • Yoshio Senda of Lethbridge, Alta., national coach of two Canadian Olympic judo teams.
  • Margaret Smith of North Bay, Ont., a health care administrator and founder of an addiction treatment program.
  • T. Kenneth Thorlakson of Winnipeg, a surgeon and teacher who also is a supporter of Manitoba's Icelandic community.
  • Jeffrey Turnbull of Ottawa, Ont., chair of medicine at the Ottawa Hospital and of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.
  • Howard White of Madeira Park, B.C., founder and president of Harbour Publishing.
  • Clara Will of Toronto, founder of Adventure Place and a trailblazer in early childhood development.