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Sidney Crosby, Eugene Levy and Karina LeBlanc among 99 new Order of Canada appointees


Governor Mary Simon announced 99 new Order of Canada appointments, recognizing Canadians from a variety of backgrounds for their contributions to the country.

The Governor General makes appointments based on recommendations from the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.

“What a wonderful way to end the year, honoring Order of Canada appointees and learning about the depth and breadth of their accomplishments,” Simon said in a press release. “Their commitment to Canada’s advancement makes me proud and hopeful for the future.”

Among the appointees were hockey player Sidney Crosby and actor and comedian Eugene Levy.

Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguins forward, has been appointed an officer of the Order of Canada. The 35-year-old from Cole Harbor, NS, has 1,452 career NHL points, making him 17th all-time in the league.

Rideau Hall said Crosby, along with the Pittsburgh Penguins, was appointed to the Order of Canada for his contributions to hockey and his charitable work. (Jeff Chiu/The Associated Press)

According to Rideau Hall, Crosby was appointed “for being one of the greatest hockey players of all time and for supporting community service initiatives for youth.”

Levy has been promoted to a companion of the Order of Canada, which is the highest rank.

The 76-year-old Hamiltonian is known for her role on the sketch comedy show SCTVdozens of comedies and more recently co-created and starred in dramas Schitt Creek. He was appointed a member of the Order of Canada in 2011.

According to Rideau Hall, Levy was promoted for elevating Canadian television’s stature on the international stage as a renowned actor and producer. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

Levy was promoted “for elevating Canadian television’s stature on the international stage as a renowned actor and producer.”

Other appointees include astronaut David Saint-Jacques, attorney and former Canadian Radio Telecommunication Commission (CRTC) chairman Konrad von Finckenstein, retired judge and attorney Harry S. LaForme, and Retired professional football goalkeeper and Olympic athlete Karina LeBlanc.

Entrepreneur John Louis Bragg of Springhill, NS, was also promoted to an Order of Canada companion, receiving the honor “For his exceptional contributions to the prosperity and well-being of Atlantic Canadians and for His legendary commitment to the development of rural communities.”

Governor Mary Simon announced new appointments to the Order of Canada on Thursday, honoring those who have helped shape Canadian society. (Governor of Canada)

The appointment represents the ‘country that says thank you’

LaForme has received many honors. The 76-year-old from Mississaugas of Credit First Nation in southern Ontario has five honorary doctorates and is the first native in Canadian history to sit on an appeals court.

But he says his appointment as an officer of the Order of Canada has special significance.

“This is the first time on behalf of the country to say thank you… that’s how I see it,” LaForme said in an interview.

After graduating from law school in 1977, LaForme joined a corporate law firm, but quickly discovered her passions lay elsewhere, especially representing Indigenous peoples and fighting for people’s rights. native.

LaForme went on to chair two royal commissions on Indigenous affairs, and in 2004 made history as the first Indigenous person in Canada to be appointed to a court of appeal – the Court of Appeals. Ontario judge.

A man with gray hair and glasses sits next to a sign that says 'healing together' in French and English.
Harry S. LaForme listens during an announcement announcing his appointment as Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of the Boarding Schools in Ottawa on Monday, April 28, 2008. Laforme becomes an officer of the Order of Canada on Thursday. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

Irwin Cotler, the attorney general at the time, called LaForme to inform him of the decision. LaForme said he will never forget Cotler’s words.

“I asked him, I said ‘Why? Why did you choose me to go to court?’ And he said, ‘Well, who knows what justice is better than someone who has lived with injustice?’ ” LaForme said.

“That resonates with me.”

LaForme served on the court for 14 years before retiring and said his proudest moment was when he stood up for LGBTQ marriage rights on a panel of the Ontario District Court in 2012. 2002.

“It was a good case and I was able to use my native background and belief system to answer questions raised by attorneys and asked by attorneys,” he said.

“For me, equal marriage makes complete sense when I think about it in terms of what I’ve been through in my life.”

A woman in a football uniform swoops down to stop a ball from entering the goal.
Canadian goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc, a member of the national team since 1998, was named a member of the Order of Canada on Thursday. (Richard Lam/Canadian Press)

‘We are the leaders’

Professional soccer goalkeeper and Olympic athlete Karina LeBlanc said being named a member of the Order of Canada is a special achievement.

“It’s really an honor because I think we’re living in the best country in the world,” she said in an interview.

“I think we are at the forefront of this world and to be able to be among those extraordinary people is really something special.”

LeBlanc, 42, immigrated to Canada with her family from Dominica in 1988. She credits her decision to Canada as a success in her career.

“I think my life story was only possible because I moved to Canada,” LeBlanc said.

Growing up in Maple Ridge, BC, LeBlanc faced bullying, in part because of her thick accent. She also didn’t join the team under the age of 15 BC. But she doesn’t let that stop her dream of representing Canada and becoming an Olympic athlete. She was on the Canadian Olympic team for the 2008 Olympics, and later won a bronze medal with the 2012 Olympic team.

LeBlanc retired from professional football in 2015 and is currently general manager of the Portland Thorns FC of the National Women’s Soccer League.

But LeBlanc says her biggest life achievement is becoming a mother. “I want to be my daughter’s hero every day.”

Colleen Jones took a hit during the Scotties Heart Tournament in 2013. Jones was named a member of the Order of Canada on Thursday for her career as a curler, catwalker. reporters and broadcasters. (Ryan Remiorz/Canadian Press)

The Power of Perseverance

LeBlanc and Crosby aren’t the only athletes to be nominated – Halifax’s snooker and CBC broadcaster Colleen Jones have also joined the ranks of the order as members.

Jones said she was pleased to be honored for her contribution to a sport that has not always been nationally recognized.

“When I first won the Canadian championship in ’82, people would say, ‘And how do you curl up?’ ” Jones said in an interview. “Now it’s a real power sport that has a real presence across the country.”

Jones says that while she’s experienced some tough losses in her career, they’ve taught her an important lesson in perseverance — something she hopes to pass on to her peers. his child.

“I wanted to show them that, no matter how difficult the loss, I would handle it gracefully,” Jones said. “In a way, I want to teach them that you don’t give up just because you lose, you have strength.”

‘Quite a beautiful surprise’

Eli Rubenstein, a Holocaust and anti-hate educator and religious leader of the Habonim Toronto synagogue, said he was surprised at the appointment. He cites a Hebrew proverb that says, “the reward of a good deed is the act itself.”

“It’s motivating, and I don’t seek, seek, or expect any form of reward or reward for this,” he said in an interview. “And so I was completely taken aback by the shock, not quite feeling like I deserved it.”

A man is seen giving a speech on the podium.
Holocaust and anti-hate educator Eli Rubenstein, seen in 2018 in Poland at the March of the Living, said he was surprised to be appointed to the Order of Canada. (Ryan Blau/SENDED)

Rubenstein is the country director of March of the Living Canada, a program that teaches students about the history of the Holocaust to combat hatred and intolerance.

Rubenstein says throughout his career he has been inspired by Holocaust survivors who have shared their stories, and by students who listen to and learn from them.

“I was surprised by [the survivors’] resilience, courage, eloquence and most importantly, they are not cynical,” he said. “It is hope in the eyes of the survivors as they tell their stories to the students.”

Rubenstein says the date also offers an important lesson.

“Sometimes you work hard until midnight, burn the candle at both ends, and you don’t realize the people around you, they appreciate what you’re doing,” he says.

“Sometimes people just need that extra encouragement, because I’m so grateful… and quite surprised in a beautiful way.”

Order of Canada

Governor Mary Simon has appointed the following persons who have been recommended for appointment by the Advisory Board of the Order of Canada:

Companion of the Order of Canada

  • John Louis Bragg (This is an in-order promotion)
  • Eugene Levy (This is an in-order promotion)

Officials of the Order of Canada

  • Gordon Asmundson
  • Lise Aubut
  • James Corcoran
  • Michel Côte
  • Sidney Crosby
  • Eleanor Daley
  • Ronald Deibert
  • Awning Allen
  • Robert Ezrin
  • Victor Garber
  • Andre Gaudreault
  • Paula Gordon
  • Laurence A. Gray
  • Eva Grunfeld
  • Bud Lionel Hall
  • michael hill
  • Walter Jule
  • Harry S. LaForme
  • Bernard Lapointe
  • Pierre Lassonde (This is an in-order promotion)
  • Andreas Laupacis
  • Yves Lenoir
  • David Ley
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  • Gerald and Joan Lozinski
  • Ivar Mendez
  • Gerald M. Morin
  • Eli Rubenstein
  • David Saint-Jacques
  • Brian Stewart
  • Barbara Zimmerman

Member of the Order of Canada

  • Jean Aitcheson
  • Shelley Ambrose
  • Ted Barris
  • Marie-Dominique Beaulieu
  • Stephen bell
  • John JM Bergeron
  • Kevin Blackmore
  • Sheila Khối Block
  • Bernard Bocquel
  • Louis Borfiga
  • Yvonne Bressette
  • André H. Caron
  • Timothy Caulfield
  • Maria Chaput
  • Wayne Chaulk
  • Angela Brathwaite
  • Alan Cote
  • Armand Doucet
  • Douglas Dunsmore
  • Konrad Eisenbichler
  • Carolyn R. Freeman
  • Patricia Garel
  • Félix Gauthier
  • Samuel Gewurz
  • Hamlin Grange
  • Allan General
  • Feridun Hamdullahpur
  • Lori Haskell
  • Raymond Johnson
  • Colleen Jones
  • Martin F. Katz
  • Simon Keith
  • Warren Kimel
  • Donald Kossick
  • Stephane Laporte
  • Karina LeBlanc
  • Philippi
  • Frederick Longstaffe
  • John Lounds
  • Brian MacKay-Lyons
  • Conor Maguire
  • Michael Massey
  • Jacqueline Maxwell
  • Marc Mayer
  • Heather McGregor
  • Roderick McKendrick
  • invoice namagoose
  • Patricia Ningewance
  • Michele Ouimet
  • Pitman Potter
  • Benoit Robert
  • Frantz Saintellemy
  • Raymond Saint-Pierre
  • Victor Sarin
  • Michael Schmidt
  • Gary S. Segal
  • Lorraine P. Segato
  • William Sembo
  • Mark Sirett
  • Donat Tadeo
  • Laurier Thibault
  • Mac Van Wielingen
  • Stanley Volant
  • Konrad von Finckenstein
  • Richard D. Weisel

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