Here are the 14 people who will receive the Order of BC in 2022

Fourteen Outstanding British Columbians Receive the Highest Recognition Available in the Province on British Columbia Day


Fourteen outstanding British Columbians are receiving the highest recognition available in the province on British Columbia Day.

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The Order of British Columbia is awarded by Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin on August 1 of each year to “incredible individuals who have done so much to enrich their communities,” Austin said in an announcement.

“His leadership and generous service has improved the lives of so many British Columbians and helped build a better future for all residents of our province.”

Among those joining the order in 2022 are familiar names from politics like Jody Wilson-Raybould, Joy MacPhail and Geoff Plant, First Nations pioneers like Rosanne Casimir and Dr. Nadine Caron, and community leaders like Nezhat Khosrowshahi. , Fred Mah and Harinder. Mahil.

The 14 were chosen from 194 nominees, and join a list of 489 recipients since the bc order was formed in 1989.

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The full list, in alphabetical order:

Dr. Nadine Rena Caron, Prince George: Caron is the first female surgeon general of First Nations descent in Canada and the first female graduate of UBC medical school, and a longtime advocate for equity in the health care system.

Kúkpi7 (Chief) Rosanne Casimir, Kamloops: The elected leader of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc Nation has been a lifelong advocate for the community and women leaders.

Nezhat Khosrowshahi, Vancouver: Co-founder of the Inwest Group of Companies that launched the Future Shop, Khosrowshahi has volunteered for dozens of charities and community organizations, from the BC Women’s Foundation to the Nature Conservancy.

Kathy Kinloch, Surrey: The Canadian business leader is the current president of the BC Institute of Technology, the first woman to hold the position, and an advocate for First Nations reconciliation and other anti-racism initiatives.

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Joy MacPhail, Vancouver: The NDP MLA for Vancouver-Hastings from 1991 to 2005 was deputy prime minister, finance minister, and health minister during her tenure, and still sits on several boards.

Fred Ting Shek Mah, Vancouver: An immigrant from China who has fought for the rights and historic legacy of Chinatown and its residents for decades, Mah was declared a day in his honor in Vancouver in 2013.

Harinder Mahil, Coquitlam: A champion and advocate for the rights of workers and South Asians, Mahil was a director of the BC Human Rights Commission.

Maureen Maloney, Victoria: The lawyer and human rights defender was director of the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University.

Geoff Plant, Vancouver: The lawyer and politician was BC Attorney General from 2001 to 2005 and has worked extensively on First Nations relations between the province and corporations.

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Christine Sinclair, Portland, Oregon: Sinclair, one of Canada’s best soccer players, managed the national team for two decades and continues to play professionally for Portland Thorns FC and the Canadian national team.

Paul Spong, Alert Bay: The New Zealand native is an environmental leader and director of OrcaLab, which researches the status of killer whale populations off the coast of British Columbia.

Gerald St. Germain, Langley: Gerry St. Germain, a former police officer and businessman, was a Conservative Member of Parliament and a Senator. He was the first Métis to be appointed to a federal cabinet.

Jody Wilson-Raybould, Quathiaski Cove: The Canadian lawyer and former politician was expelled from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s caucus for refusing, as justice minister, to drop an investigation into SNC-Lavalin.

Bruce Munro Wright, Vancouver: A lifelong advocate for the arts, the retired attorney has been president of the Vancouver Opera and the Vancouver Art Gallery and a member of many community arts groups.

An award ceremony for the winners is planned at Government House in Victoria this autumn.

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