Province honours achievements of 47 Ontarians

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, has announced 47 new appointments to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour, for 2019 and 2020.
The Order of Ontario honours individuals whose exceptional achievements have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada, and beyond. Members of the Order of Ontario come from all walks of life, represent diverse fields of endeavour, and have played an important role in shaping the province.

The 2020 Appointees to the Order of Ontario are: Ernie Eves (Ontario’s 23rd premier), Hazel McCallion, Michael DeGasperis, Daniel Allen, Joseph Raymond Buncic, Raymond Desjardins, Hershell Ezrin, Carlo Fidani, Karen Goldenberg, Michael D. Harris (Ontario’s 22nd premier), Ellis Jacob, Jing Jiang, Shana Kelley, André Lapierre, Dale Lastman, André M. Levesque, Peter Liu, Arden McGregor, Janet McKelvy, George McLean, Hon. Rosemary Moodie, Hon. Robert. W. Runciman, Marilyn Sonley, Ahmad Reza Tabrizi, and Hon. Karen Weiler.

The 2019 Appointees to the Order of Ontario are: Melanie Adrian, Roland “Roly” Armitage, Allan Carswell, Helen Ching-Kircher, John Colangeli, Nancy Coldham, Sean Conway, Clare Copeland, Barbara Croall, Lisa Farano, Geoff Fernie, Allan Fox, John Freund, Susan Hay, John Jennings, Marlys Koschinsky, James W. Leech, Audrey Loeb, Dani Reiss, Janis Rotman, Linda Silver Dranoff, and Joan Sutton Straus.

“As Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, it is with great pride that I congratulate the 2019 and 2020 Order of Ontario appointees,” Dowdeswell said. “Many of these new appointees are being honoured for a lifetime of service to this province, laying the groundwork of resilience and community that each one of us was called to act upon in this historic global pandemic. Let these appointees inspire you and encourage you to honour those around you by nominating them to be recognized by the province.”

The Lieutenant Governor will bestow the honour upon the newest appointees during an investiture ceremony at Queen’s Park, at a point in time in the future, when the Chief Medical Officer of Health deems gatherings possible once again in the province.

Photo: Former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion is one of 47 people who Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell will recognize at an investiture ceremony to be held later this year at Queen’s Park.

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