Hamilton’s Eugene Levy was elevated to the Companion level of the Order of Canada, as Governor-General Mary Simon announced 99 new appointments to the Order, including two Companions, 32 Officers and 65 Members. Three appointments are promotions within the Order. In addition to Levy, Sydney Crosby, the Pittsburgh Penguin star was honored as was Canadian women’s soccer star Karina LeBlanc.
Ancaster resident Mr. Justice Harry LaForme was recognized “for advancing national Indigenous rights as a groundbreaking jurist, and for championing underserved communities in Canada. He was the first appellate court judge in Canadian history with a First Nations background. He has served as the Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario; as the Chair of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Land Claims; and – until his resignation in October 2008 – as head of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Other Appointments of note include:
- Victor Garber, the London Ontario-born actor who is a mainstay on Broadway and in films
- Jackie Maxwell, the former artistic director of the Shaw Festival
- Colleen Jones, championship curler and familiar face on CBC as a reporter and weather presenter
- Ted Barris, a writer and broadcaster who has written several books dealing with Canadian war history in WWI and WWII
- Brian Stewart, long-time CBC foreign correspondent
Since its creation in 1967, the Order of Canada has honoured more than 7 600 people .