Governor General Julie Payette has made 103 new appointments for the Canadian Order, a list that includes business leaders, writers, theater directors, athletes, and traditional leaders.
Among those appointed as Canadian Order Officers (the second of three levels) are actress, writer and drama writer Ann-Marie MacDonald. He is recognized not only because of his contribution to art but also because of his defense of LGBTQ + and women's rights.
MacDonald has written several dramas but may be famous for his work as a writer. Book 1997 Fall on your knees, following the lives of four sisters from Cape Breton Island, appointed to Oprah Winfrey's book club.
"I feel very honored. I feel this is a great honor," MacDonald told CBC. "This is truly a serious honor and I feel humble and I hope my father is still alive to see it – he died a year ago. He will like this. Although I really think he really knows it."
"This really means a lot to me. I am a conscientious Canadian. My mother's people are immigrants, my father is the Royal Canadian Armed Forces. I grew up benefiting from public support for art. I live in a community that I am a lesbian who is married, I have two daughters, I just feel that there are many things that are very, very true to our country. "
MacDonald said that if the award could draw attention to everything that Canada does for him in the world that seems more inclined towards populism and alt-right, he would be honored.
Christopher Newton, the old artistic director of the Shaw Festival, was also appointed as Officer of the Canadian Order for his direct contribution to the theater.
Newton retired as an artistic director in 2002 after 23 years, and is credited with helping Shaw secure his place as a world-class theater festival with the power to attract top talent every year.
Maxine Noel, an Indigenous artist from Stratford, Ontario, was appointed as a Member of the Canadian Order for her work as a visual artist and to encourage and promote creative expression in the Indigenous community.
"My art is the way I offer healing to the world around me, a world that so often sits at the peak of destruction and brutality," Noel said in a statement. "These worlds are places that are dangerous and beautiful, sacred to all of us, and therefore health and healing are responsibilities that we must take, we each find the work we need to do, and then do it well and fully . "
"I am honored by my appointment at the Canadian Order, an honor that I share with my people, and with all those who do work to make a better world, with those who came before, and with those who will still come."
Shirley Cheechoo from M & # 39; Chigeeng First Nation in Ontario has been named a Member "for her multi-dimensional contributions to Canadian films and her support for emerging Native artists."
Cheechoo, the award-winning filmmaker, director, writer and actor, is a cast member in the CBC TV series Rez. He is also the Chancellor of the University of Brock in St. Catharines, Ontario.
Former cross-country Olympic ski racer, Beckie Scott, from Canmore, Alberta, was appointed to the level of the Canadian Order Officer because of his contribution to sports and his work to eliminate doping from amateur sports.
Scott competed in three Olympics – 1998, 2002 and 2006 – and was the first North American woman to win a medal in cross-country skiing after securing gold in Salt Lake City in 2002.
Scott said he felt very grateful to have been born in Canada and had the opportunity to pursue his hopes and dreams.
"The magnitude of receiving such an honorable award is almost indescribable, and I cannot be more honored to join the ranks of capable Canadians," he said in a statement.
"My father is an immigrant to Canada, but without the most arrogant Canadian question I know. He would be very touched to know that I received this award, so I offered it to him and his unshakable enthusiasm."
Dominique Rankin, a school student who survived from La Conception, Que., Was crowned at the Member level "for his dedication to the preservation of Algonquin culture and for his defense of peace as an Elder and spiritual leader."
"I was very surprised. I am very happy and I am very proud of what happened to me. I have worked very hard in my life," Rankin said. "This will help me to continue my vision."
Rankin said that he wanted to continue working towards reconciliation, healing and peace and hoped that the profile given the honor helped him in his mission.
"I want to help reconciliation, I believe. We now often talk about residential schools, not to revive suffering but to cure.
"We have the same color of blood, it's just that outside we appear as another color, and that's my vision for today."
Canadian broadcaster Daniel Lessard has a 39-year career on Radio Canada who saw him serving as a national correspondent on Parliament Hill before being promoted to head of the Ottawa bureau. He was appointed to the Member level for "analysis and popularization of Canadian politics and for the achievement of his literature."
"It was a great honor at the stage of my career to find myself among people I admired, such as Jean Béliveau, Oscar Peterson, Andrée Lachapelle, Marie-Claire Blais and good friends like Chantal Hébert, Bernard Derome and Don Newman, "he told CBC.
Lessard said he hoped the recognition of his work would draw attention to the needs of news organizations to make politics and political stories as accessible as possible.
"Our political system is not perfect, all politicians are not perfect, but it is a much better system than others. In this era of so much fake news, I also hope that my simple contribution will encourage people to get news from proven media sources. . "
André Simard from Saint-Agathe-des-Monts, Que., Who has worked with Cirque du Soleil since 1987, was appointed as a Member "for his expertise in acrobatic choreography and spectacular air action for circus art, both in Canada and on the world stage."
Simard is also a Canadian gymnastics champion three times in all men representing Canada at the Munich Olympics before moving to the training role for young gymnasts.
"Throughout my life, I have provided the best of myself unconditionally to athletes, student artists, and my superiors. I am very proud of that," he said in a statement.
"I especially want to thank Jean Paul Marcil and Richard Montpetit, who guided me throughout my career as a gymnast, and all those who have accompanied me along the path taken in my life."