Order Of Ontario Recipients Announced

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Order Of Ontario Recipients Announced

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

Recipients Of Ontario's Highest Honour Named TORONTO, Dec. 19 - Twenty-seven recipients were named today for appointment to the province's highest and most prestigious honour by the Honourable David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. "These distinguished individuals are truly exemplary in their fields." said Onley. "Our province is richer for the breadth and depth of their contributions. Through drive and determination they have pushed boundaries and serve as outstanding examples for all Ontarians." This year's honourees will bring to 460 the total number of recipients since 1987, when the honour was first presented. The appointees will be invested in the Order of Ontario at a ceremony to be held at Queen's Park on January 24, 2008. The Order of Ontario is awarded to Ontarians for excellence and achievement in any field. The 27 individuals being invested represent areas as diverse as medicine, the arts, law and social issues. Outstanding Ontarians may be nominated for the Order by members of the public. The closing date for nominations for next year's Order of Ontario is February 28, 2008. Nomination forms and other information can be found at http://www.citizenship.gov.on.ca/english/honours/orderofontario/ This year's recipients are: Thomas J. Bitove - a leading Toronto businessman and pillar of the community who has supported many charitable causes including Big Brothers, the Canadian Macedonian Place and ProAction Cops and Kids. John Richard Bond - a University of Toronto astrophysicist and cosmologist whose pioneering work on the structure, formation and evolution of the universe helped establish Ontario as a centre for cosmology research. Bernice and Rolland Desnoyers - this Leamington couple has provided a safe, nurturing and stable environment for 63 foster children over more than 45 years. Peter J. George - a distinguished economist and author and President and Vice Chancellor of McMaster University in Hamilton and Chair of the Council of Ontario Universities. Christopher A. Harris - co-founder of the Ottawa-Carleton Immigrant Services Organization, the National Capital Alliance on Race Relations and the Jamaican Ottawa Community Association. Peter A. Herrndorf - revolutionized Canadian broadcasting, publishing and the performing arts at organizations such as the CBC, Toronto Life Magazine, TV Ontario and the National Arts Centre. Rebecca F. Jamieson - for her career as a leader and educator in the First Nations community. She is a tireless worker on behalf of the Six Nations community and the Grand River Post Secondary Education Organization. Max Keeping - a well-known Ottawa media personality, he uses his nightly newscast to encourage people to make a difference. He created the Max Keeping Foundation and spends countless hours as master of ceremonies for events, hosting telethons, volunteering, and working with community groups. M. David Lepofsky - for his work on behalf of people with disabilities in Ontario which helped lead to Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2001 and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act 2005. Dr. Tak W. Mak - an internationally respected biomedical scientist, noted for his discovery of the T cell receptor as well as his work in molecular biology and his pioneering contributions in the genetics of immunology. J. William McConkey - a University of Windsor professor for more than 35 years and a world leader in atomic and molecular physics. Dr. Roderick R. McInnes - a University of Toronto professor and senior scientist with the Hospital for Sick Children, Dr. McInnes is internationally known for his research on the eye. The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry - former Chief Justice of Ontario, former Attorney General of Ontario whose accomplishments include major roles in the patriation of the Canadian Constitution and the creation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Lorraine Monk - has brought great acclaim and international recognition to Canada and Ontario for her award-winning books and several hundred photographic exhibitions. She created the Photographers for Peace Foundation, believing in the power of photography to change the world. Albert Kai-Wing Ng - one of Canada's best-known graphic designers, he founded the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario after a 10-year campaign for professional accreditation. This accreditation was the first of its kind in North America. Adeena Niazi - for her tireless work helping newcomers to Canada. She is a former lecturer at Kabul University. In 1990, she established the Afghan Women's Organization to address women's unique settlement needs. Gordon M. Nixon - one of Canada's most respected business leaders as President and CEO of the Royal Bank of Canada. His outstanding qualities as a business leader are echoed in his community work to strengthen the newcomer advantage and encourage research and innovation. Margaret Helen Ogilvie - Chancellor's Professor of Law at Carleton University in Ottawa, has earned accolades as an educator and law scholar. She is consulted widely as a legal expert and has served as a visiting scholar to universities abroad. Eva Olsson - a survivor of the concentration camps, Ms. Olsson, author and public speaker, travels across Ontario and North America to share her story. She inspires many with her dignity and faith and her contribution to education, community groups and associations. Marlene Ann Pierre - founding member of the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre and the Ontario Native Women's Association, she works actively for the betterment of Aboriginal people in Thunder Bay and across Ontario. Dr. Frances A. Shepherd - a University of Toronto professor and the Scott Taylor Chair in Lung Cancer Research at Princess Margaret Hospital. She is an internationally renowned oncologist and researcher whose work has led to new treatment options for lung cancer patients in Ontario and throughout the world. Janice Gross Stein - one of Ontario's preeminent scholars and experts in conflict management and negotiation, Middle Eastern politics and Canadian foreign policy. Stein is a University of Toronto professor and Director of the Munk Centre for International Studies, committed to public education and civic debate. Paul-François Sylvestre - a novelist, researcher and mentor for new talent and a leader in the development of Franco-Ontarian literature and thought. He is a founding member of the Association des auteures et auteurs de l'Ontario français. William Thorsell - Director and CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum, he is the visionary behind the current renaissance of this cultural centre. A former editor-in-chief of a major national paper; he effectively raised the bar for journalism in Canada. Dr. David Walde - Director of the Oncology Program at Sault Area Hospital he is a pioneer of community-based cancer treatments and a tireless fundraiser for the new Sault Ste. Marie hospital. Dr. Paul Walfish - a University of Toronto professor and senior consultant with Mount Sinai Hospital, he is widely published and is a leader in the international thyroidology community. 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