Josie Hill of the Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre packs hampers for needy Aboriginal families at RB Russell High School in a 2007 file shot. Hill was one of five Manitobans named to the Order of Canada on Friday. Five Manitobans are on the list to receive Canada’s highest honour.
Former executive director of Winnipeg’s Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Josie Hill, artistic director of the prominent Winnipeg Francophone theatre company Cercle Molière Roland Mahe, Indigenous rights activist Harry Bone, political cartoonist and artist Real Berard and Fisher River Cree Nation Chief David Crate were all named Members of the Order of Canada. As well, University of Manitoba professor and internationally renowned authority on mineralogy and crystallography Frank Hawthorne was promoted to Companion of the Order of Canada.
Recipients will receive their insignia at a ceremony at a later date.
On Friday, Gov. Gen. Julie Payette announced the latest list of 125 remarkable Canadians to be inducted into the Order of Canada for outstanding achievements, dedication to community and service to the nation. The list included actor William Shatner, singer and songwriter Jann Arden and deceased billionaire and philanthropist Barry Sherman, who will be invested posthumously. Sherman learned of his appointment to the Order of Canada in November, just one month before he and his wife, Honey Sherman, were found dead in their North York, Ont., home.
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