Sandra Oh, Donovan Bailey Named Order of Canada Among Dozens

Film and TV actress Sandra Oh and track champion Donovan Bailey are among dozens of artists, athletes, advocates and pundits recently named Canada’s highest civilian honor.

Governor General Mary Simon announced 85 nominees to the Order of Canada on Wednesday, addressing celebrities in areas such as film, music, science, politics, business, academics, sports and culture.

“Grey’s Anatomy” and “Killing Eve” star Oh was named an Officer of the Order of Canada for her stage and screen success, while Bailey was named an Officer for his outstanding athleticism and philanthropic commitment to youth and amateur athletes.

“For me, I just want to be a great role model for young Canadians so they can follow in my footsteps themselves,” Bailey said when he was reached for the announcement in Vancouver.

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“Hopefully I was one of those positive people who (inspire others to) believe that Canada should be positive and Canada should be confident and Canada can compete against anyone and come out golden.”

Montreal film director/screenwriter Francois Girard and Richmond Hill, Ontario, Ontario, Angela James, who was one of the early superstars of women’s hockey, were also named officers for their high degree of achievement or service to Canada.

New members of the order — who are honored for their outstanding service to a particular community or field — include Toronto music industry veteran Al Mair; former MP Nancy Uqquujuq Karetak-Lindell of Arviat, Nunavut; and HIV/AIDS researcher Martin T. Schechter of Vancouver.

Karetak-Lindell says she was only five years old when she started thinking about how she could serve her small northern community.

Sixty years later, she can look back on a career in the public service, including from 1997 to 2008 as a Liberal Member of Parliament for the municipality and the region’s education authority.

“I come from a family that has been taught to help others and to do so with care, love and respect, without wanting to be recognized for it. So to think that people think I deserved to be awarded this Order of Canada is a real honor,” she said when reached in Arviat.

“And being an Inuk, of course, means a lot more now that today’s Governor General is also an Inuk.”

Karetak-Lindell, one of the 10 children, says she was encouraged to respect others and never forget where she came from. She credits role models including her uncle and Inuit leader Tagak Curley; her father, who was a special agent with the RCMP; and her mother, “a woman before her time” who sat on male-dominated local councils and organizations.

“Our community is one of people who are constantly trying to help their fellow man. And that’s the environment I grew up in, along with the influence of my parents. But this community always makes me feel like I could do more because they believe in me so much that I can do what I want to do,” she said.

Mair earns his credit after working in the music industry since he was 12 years old when he sold records in a music store after school.

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He helped grow the Canadian scene by helping to launch several careers, including that of singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, whom he led for eight years. Mair also led several music organizations, including the Canadian Independent Music Association and the independent label Attic Records.

He traces his passion to Expo 67 in Montreal, a spectacular world exhibition that marked Canada’s centenary and showcased homegrown talent.

“I was convinced that Canadian artists could at least be equal to artists from any other country in the world, if not superior, and I’ve always felt that way,” said Mair, whose label list is Lee Aaron, Triumph, Maestro Fresh. -Wes included. , the Nylons and Haywire.

“There was a lot of negativity among broadcasters that Canadian artists were second-rate and not good enough. It was a real challenge to convince the broadcasters and it took literally decades for Canadian artists to be fully accepted by the broadcasting industry.”

Other recipients announced Wednesday include Dr. William Clark of London, Ont., a nephrologist who conducted research in 2000 in Walkerton, Ont., into the long-term health effects of Canada’s worst ever E. coli infection; and Hereditary Chief Stephen Joseph Augustine of Elsipogtog First Nation, NB, for advancing Mi’kmaq studies and awareness.

Recipients will receive their badge at a later date in Ottawa, subject to availability. Rideau Hall hosts an average of four inauguration ceremonies a year.

Honorees receive a silver badge in the form of a six-pointed snowflake with a red ring in the center and a royal crown above. It also features a stylized maple leaf with the order’s motto: Desiderantes Meliorem Patriam, meaning, “They long for a better land.”

Founded in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. More than 7,600 people from all sectors of society have invested.

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