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Congratulations to the Recent Appointees to the Order of Canada!

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Photo credit: MCpl Anis Assari, Rideau Hallm. Reference Number: GG08-2022-0290-006

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, has recently announced 99 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Among them are:

  • Eleanor Daley for her contributions to Canadian music and choral culture as a renowned composer and accompanist. 
  • Douglas Dunsmorefor his leadership as a choral conductor and music educator, and for his significant contributions to prominent provincial and national music organizations.
  • Mark Sirett – for his steadfast commitment to the field of choral music as a renowned composer, conductor and community leader.

“What a beautiful way to end the year, honouring Order of Canada appointees and learning about the depth and range of their accomplishments. Celebrated trailblazers in their respective fields, they are inspiring, educating and mentoring future generations, creating a foundation of excellence in our country that is respected throughout the world. Their commitment to the betterment of Canada fills me with pride and hope for the future. Alianaigusuqatigiivassi. Congratulations.” — Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada

Since its creation in 1967, the Order of Canada has honoured more than 7 600 people whose service has shaped our society, whose innovations have ignited our imaginations, and whose compassion has united our communities.

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Banner: Ullugiagâtsuk Choir at ...float... 2018. Photo: Ritche Perez