25 to be appointed to the Order of Ontario

Deepa Mehta. (Alex Urosevic/QMI Agency)

Deepa Mehta. (Alex Urosevic/QMI Agency)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 5:33 PM ET

The province’s highest official honour — the Order of Ontario — will be granted to 25 citizens whose contributions ranged from film directing to human rights to running the Canadian Football League.

The appointees will be recognized at a special ceremony Wednesday at Queen’s Park.

Film director Deepa Mehta, CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon, transplant innovator Dr. Shafique Keshavjee and tenor Michael Burgess are among those named to the Order of Ontario.

Also appointed (and the reasons given for their selection) are:

  • Palestinian physician and peace activist Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, founder of charitable The Daughters of Life Foundation in Toronto
  • Businessman Glen Cook of Windsor, a descendent of slaves who has restored and preserved the historic Puce River Black Community Cemetery
  • Influential computer scientist Stephen Cook of Toronto, a pioneer in the field of computational complexity
  • Phyllis Creighton of Toronto, an advocate for mental and reproductive health care
  • Businessman and philanthropist Michael Davies of Kingston
  • Ronald Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs
  • Dr. Rory Fisher, a pioneer in the field of geriatric care
  • Anne Golden, former President of the United Way of Greater Toronto
  • Joan Green, the Toronto Board of Education's first female CEO and the Founding CEO of Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO)
  • Dr. Vladimir Hachinski of London, a neurologist and authority on stroke, dementia and Alzheimer research
  • John D. Honsberger, a Thornhill lawyer specializing in bankruptcy and insolvency law
  • Fr. Joseph MacDonald of Toronto, who founded Poverello Charities Ontario
  • Don MacKinnon of Chatsworth, union activist and president of the Power Workers' Union
  • Vincent Pawis of Nobel, instrumental in implementing Elder Assisted Aboriginal Circle parole hearings
  • Sr. Helen Petrimoulx, who opened a transitional home for refugee women and children in Windsor
  • Honourable Sydney Robins of Toronto, a Supreme Court of Ontario judge, and a judge of the province's Court of Appeal
  • Dr. Gail Robinson of Toronto, a psychiatrist, professor and advocate, who co-founded Canada's first rape crisis centre
  • Mamdouh Shoukri, president and vice-chancellor of York University
  • Barry Smit, a professor of geography and Canada Research Chair in Global Environmental Change at the University of Guelph
  • Brian Stewart of Toronto, a former CBC reporter and foreign correspondent
  • Frank Tierney of Ottawa, who co-founded Borealis Press and Tecumseh Press
  • Marlene Streit of Unionville, a Canadian amateur female golfer who won her first national title at the age of 17, and the only woman golfer in history to capture the Canadian, British, Australian and United States Women's Amateur championships
  • Huguette Labelle of Ottawa, a civil servant who was the first francophone woman to become a federal deputy minister, and the first woman to lead the Red Cross in Canada

 


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