Seven Nova Scotians from the Halifax area are among the 120 new members of the Order of Canada.
Two senators, a professor, three members of the entertainment industry and a former lieutenant governor have been appointed to one of the highest civilian honours that can be bestowed in our country.
Two have been named officers, which recognizes national service or achievement:
- Film producer Michael Donovan for his contributions to Canadian film and television, and for his commitment to the professional development of the next generation.
- Dalhousie professor Noni MacDonald for her contributions to the enhancement of clinical practices in maternal and child health, both in Canada and around the world. Dr. MacDonald was also appointed to the Order of Nova Scotia earlier this year.
The other five have been appointed members, which recognizes outstanding contributions at the local or regional level or in a special field of activity:
- Brian Ahern for his contributions as a producer supporting countless Canadian and international recording artists, and for his innovative work in sound engineering.
- James Cowan for his civic engagement as a parliamentarian and for championing human rights related to medically assisted dying, genetic discrimination and mental health.
- J. J. Grant for his contributions to the people of Nova Scotia as an entrepreneur, community leader and lieutenant governor.
- Donald H. Oliver for his untiring efforts as a senator, educator and civic-minded community member who promotes inclusion and diversity in Canada.
- Darren Dennis Throop for his innovative leadership in the entertainment and film industry.
A ceremony is planned for the new year for all 120 new Order of Canada members, who will be invited to Rideau Hall in Ottawa to be presented with their medals.