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Distinguished 12 honoured by BC government

By Contributor
September 10th, 2012

Twelve distinguished British Columbians were honoured recently for their dedicated service to the province as they received the 2012 Order of B.C. during an investiture ceremony at Government House.

“The Order of B.C. is the Province’s way of acknowledging the tireless work recipients devote every day to the people of British Columbia,” said Lieutenant-Governor Steven Point, Chancellor of the Order.

“I’m so proud to share this day with 12 of our brightest stars.”

“The Order of BC recipients invested today are examples of remarkable individuals who have contributed to improving the quality of life for British Columbians,” said Premier Christy Clark.

“On behalf of all British Columbians, I’m proud to honour each recipient and thank them for exceptional contributions to our province.”

The Order of B.C., established in 1989, is the highest form of recognition the Province can bestow on its citizens and is awarded annually to those who have demonstrated outstanding distinction and achievement in any field. Since its introduction, 331 people have received this honour.

The 2012 recipients are:

  • David Barrett of Victoria – elected leader and one of the modern B.C. architects.
  • Sister Nancy Brown of Vancouver – advocate for homeless and vulnerable young people.
  • The Right Honourable A. Kim Campbell, P.C., C.C., Q.C. formerly of Vancouver – elected leader and trailblazer for women.
  • Dr. Peter L. Cooperberg of Vancouver – world leader in the medical use of ultrasound.
  • Christopher Gaze of Vancouver – cultural leader and founder of the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival. 
  • Rick Harry (Xwalacktun) of West Vancouver – internationally renowned artist, teacher and link between First Nations and other British Columbians.
  • Norman B. Keevil of Vancouver – mining industry pioneer, entrepreneur and philanthropist.
  • Hassan Khosrowshahi of Vancouver – entrepreneur, builder and generous supporter of community organizations.
  • Marion Lay of Vancouver – world-class swimmer, sport leader and inspiration for women athletes.
  • Carol Matthews of Nanaimo – community leader, educator and tireless voice for social justice.
  • Djavad Mowafaghian of North Vancouver – business leader, builder and philanthropist.
  • James E. Ogilvie of Kimberley – innovative community leader.
  • Tricia C.M. Smith, C.M. of Vancouver – world-class athlete, sport leader and example for B.C. women.
  • Dr. Robert B. Thirsk formerly of New Westminster – astronaut, mechanical engineer, physician and role model.

Two recipients, David Barrett and Christopher Gaze, were unable to attend the ceremony. Both will be invested at ceremonies in the near future.

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