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Premier Congratulates Order Of Ontario Inductees

Achievements By Remarkable Ontarians Help To Build A Stronger Ontario

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Premier Dalton McGuinty today congratulated all of this year's Order of Ontario recipients for strengthening communities, improving lives and building a better and stronger society.

"The men and women invested in the Order represent the very best of Ontario's caring and diverse society," said Premier McGuinty.

"Through their hard work, they've not only reached a pinnacle of success in their chosen field. They're also reaching out to others, providing jobs for families, helping people live healthier lives, succeed in school or find pleasure in music, art or literature."

The Order is Ontario's most prestigious official honour. This year, 29 Ontarians were named to the Order. Appointees have excelled in many fields, including arts, sciences, business, education, community service and philanthropy.

By way of example, there are four Ontarians, who have really made a difference in their communities. Their outstanding contributions are representative of those made by the men and women invested in the Order.

Hughes Eng of Toronto -- Founding director of both the National Congress of Chinese and Chinavision (now Fairchild TV). Mr. Eng has provided decades of exemplary community service in Ontario.

Gisèle Lalonde of Vanier -- An educator, founding Executive Director of the Centre franco-ontarien de ressources pédagogiques and founder of the Francophone Association of Municipalities of Ontario. Mrs. Lalonde has promoted the Franco-Ontarian community for many decades.

Ron Barbaro of Toronto -- A retired executive who pioneered the Living Benefit, an option that enables terminally ill policyholders to collect life insurance benefits while they are still living. Mr. Barbaro has a long record of community service. He has served as past chair of the United Way and was a founding member of Ronald McDonald Children's Charities.

Dr. Brenda L. Gallie of Toronto -- Dr. Gallie is an expert in the treatment of retinoblastoma, a type of childhood eye cancer. She was part of the team that developed the most highly sensitive molecular tests for mutations in the gene that causes retinoblastoma. These tests accurately identify the children at risk of developing this cancer, before they are born. Dr. Gallie leads basic research studies of retinoblastoma that have repeatedly revealed important principles of how cancers form. Now Dr. Gallie and the families have put forward a National Strategy to optimize care for retinoblastoma in Canada.

In total, there are 433 members of the Order. The award was created in 1986 by the Government of Ontario to recognize the highest level of individual excellence and achievement in any field.

The Order consists of a medal with a stylized trillium in white and green enamel. It bears the Ontario Shield of Arms surmounted by the Crown. The ribbons of the Order are red, white, green and gold. Each medal is engraved with the member's name and the year they were invested.

"By working and building and dreaming, together, the Ontario we see today -- a place of opportunity, filled with so many good and kind people -- can be an even stronger, more compassionate place tomorrow and in the years to come," said Premier McGuinty.

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