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21 Appointees Named to Ontario's Highest Honour

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21 Appointees Named to Ontario's Highest Honour

The Order of Ontario recognizes exceptional achievement

TORONTO — The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, today announced 21 new appointments to the Order of Ontario, the province's highest honour.

"On behalf of all Ontarians, I congratulate the 2018 Order of Ontario appointees. Members of the Order of Ontario exemplify, individually and collectively, the best qualities of good citizenship," said Her Honour Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. "Through their voluntary service, creativity, and the relentless pursuit of excellence, they demonstrate how we in Ontario are working to build a more just and sustainable future. The work and contributions of each appointee challenge us to take an active interest in where we live and how we care for the environment and one another."

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 Ontario government is proud to recognize the 2018 Order of Ontario appointees—and I ask all Ontarians to join me in honouring the 21 individuals who have made an indelible mark on our province," said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. "We are humbled and inspired by the appointees who have passionately dedicated their insights, enthusiasm and time to improving the quality of life for Ontarians, Canadians and the world. This honour is truly well-deserved."

The Lieutenant Governor will bestow the honour upon the newest appointees during an investiture ceremony at Queen's Park on March 11, 2020.

Quick Facts

  • 706 people have been invested with the Order of Ontario since its establishment in 1986.
  • Appointments to the Order are made on the recommendation of an independent advisory council based on nominations put forward by the public.
  • The nomination deadline is March 31 each year. You can nominate a resident or former long-term resident of Ontario for the 2020 Order of Ontario here.

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