COMPANION OF THE ORDER OF CANADA
The Honourable Louise Charron, C.C.
Throughout her law career, Louise Charron demonstrated extraordinary dedication to serving the public interest. Specializing in criminal law, she quickly rose through the ranks of the judiciary and set herself apart by her forward-thinking approach to social issues. She distinguished herself at the Ontario Court of Appeal, where she played a key role in advancing the rights of same-sex couples. She is also credited with a series of significant legal precedents at the Supreme Court, where she became the first Franco-Ontarian named to the highest court. Moreover, she was particularly interested in promoting French common law, developing courses and teaching material as a professor at the University of Ottawa. She has also generously contributed to the ongoing training of judges within the National Judicial Institute.
ORDER OF CANADA BACKGROUNDER
Established in 1967 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Order of Canada is the centrepiece of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. The Order recognizes people in all sectors of Canadian society. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country.
Motto and Levels
The Order of Canada's motto is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country). Her Majesty The Queen is the Sovereign of the Order, and the governor general is the chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order.
Companion - Post-nominal: C.C.
Recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement and merit of the highest degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large
Officer - Post-nominal: O.C.
Recognizes a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large
Member - Post-nominal: C.M.
Recognizes a lifetime of distinguished service in or to a particular community, group or field of activity
The insignia of the Order is a stylized snowflake of six points, with a red annulus at its centre, which bears a stylized maple leaf circumscribed with the motto of the Order, DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (They desire a better country), surmounted by St. Edward's Crown.
All Canadians are eligible for the Order of Canada, with the exception of federal and provincial politicians and judges while in office. The Order's constitution permits non-Canadians to be considered for honorary appointments. Members of the Royal Family, governors general and their spouses are appointed in the extraordinary category. There are no posthumous appointments.
Officers and Members may be elevated within the Order in recognition of further achievement, based on continued exceptional or extraordinary service to Canada. Usually, promotions are considered five years after the first appointment.
Any person or group is welcome to nominate a deserving individual as a candidate for appointment to the Order of Canada. Appointments are made on the recommendations of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada, an independent council chaired by the chief justice of Canada. Members of the Advisory Council on the Order of Canada reflect the diversity and excellence in Canadian society. Certain members are appointed by virtue of their office; others are appointed for a fixed term to achieve a balanced representation of the various regions of the country.
For more information about the Order of Canada or to nominate someone, visit our website at www.gg.ca/honours.
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