Heather Anne Menzies, C.M.
For her contributions to public discourse on Canadian social trends, as a writer and speaker.
Diane Morrison, C.M.
For her commitment to improving conditions for the homeless and marginalized in her community.
Vice-Admiral Lawrence (Larry) Murray, C.M., C.M.M., C.D. (Ret'd)
Bayswater, Nova Scotia and Ottawa, Ontario
For his leadership in the public service and for his regional and national voluntary commitments.
Monica Patten, C.M.
For her leadership in the voluntary sector and for her stewardship of charitable giving, notably as head of Community Foundations of Canada.
Lea Pool, C.M.
For her achievements as a director and screenwriter of films that have earned her international renown.
Ross Porter, C.M.
For his contributions to the promotion of jazz music and for his support for Canadian jazz musicians.
Alison Prentice, C.M.
Toronto, Ontario and Victoria, British Columbia
For her pioneering contributions as a scholar, advancing the field of women's history and the history of education.
Barbara Reid, C.M., O.Ont.
For her contributions as a children's book illustrator and author, widely known for her creative use of the medium of Plasticine.
Michel Ringuet, C.M., C.Q.
For his leadership in the development of the Universite du Quebec a Rimouski, and for his community involvement.
Kelly Russell, C.M.
Bell Island, Newfoundland and Labrador
For his contributions to the preservation and popularization of Newfoundland's traditional folk music, as a musician, archivist and teacher.
Anne Sado, C.M.
For her leadership in post-secondary education as a college administrator and for her extensive community engagement.
Marjorie-Anne Sauder, C.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia
For her civic engagement as a philanthropist and for her sustained commitment to strengthening her community.
Elexis Schloss, C.M.
For her contributions as a visionary and committed volunteer in support of health care, cultural, social service and educational causes, both locally and provincially.
Gilbert Sicotte, C.M.
For his contributions to the performing arts as an actor, and for his commitment to training the next generation.
Robert Silverman, C.M.
Vancouver, British Columbia
For his contributions to classical music, as a pianist and educator.
Vaclav Smil, C.M.
For his contributions to our understanding of the impact of energy use on our biosphere as an author, professor and speaker.
Jodi White, C.M.
For her contributions to Canadian public policy and for her commitment to the voluntary sector.
William J. Young, C.M.
For his contributions to Canadian society and for his innovative achievements as a social entrepreneur and philanthropist.
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 highestdegree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at largeOfficer - Post-nominal: O.C.Recognizes a lifetime of achievement and merit of a high degree, especiallyin service to Canada or to humanity at largeMember - Post-nominal: C.M.Recognizes a lifetime of distinguished service in or to a particularcommunity, 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 individuals who do not have Canadian citizenship to be considered for honorary appointments. They may be considered for outstanding achievement that reflects honour on Canada and/or lifetime contributions to humanity at large. 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 for 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 the Honours section of our website at www.gg.ca/honours.
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