Vol. 149, No. 1 — January 3, 2015

GOVERNMENT HOUSE

THE ORDER OF CANADA

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, in his capacity as Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order of Canada, has appointed the following persons, who have been recommended for such appointment by the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada.

Companions of the Order of Canada

Officers of the Order of Canada

Members of the Order of Canada

Witness the Seal of the Order of Canada as of the twentieth day of November of the year two thousand and fourteen

Seal of the Order of Canada

STEPHEN WALLACE
Secretary General
of the Order of Canada

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CANADIAN BRAVERY DECORATIONS

The Governor General, the Right Honourable David Johnston, on the recommendation of the Canadian Decorations Advisory Committee (Bravery), has awarded Bravery Decorations as follows:

EMMANUELLE SAJOUS
Deputy Secretary and
Deputy Herald Chancellor

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MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, is pleased hereby to award the Meritorious Service Decoration (Civil Division) to the following:

Meritorious Service Cross (Civil Division)

CLARA HUGHES, O.C., O.M., M.S.C.
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Since January 2011, Clara Hughes has worked tirelessly to help raise national awareness in support of mental health initiatives. In March 2014, the six-time summer and winter Olympic medallist and national spokesperson for the Bell Let’s Talk campaign embarked on an epic cycling journey across Canada. Over the course of 110 days, Clara’s Big Ride travelled through 95 communities in every Canadian province and territory to promote mental health and to encourage Canadians to end the stigma attached to mental illness. Along the way, Ms. Hughes took part in over 260 public events and went to more than 80 schools and youth events where she delivered a resounding message to break down the barriers surrounding mental health. She is to be commended for her accomplishments, which have greatly contributed to changing social perceptions of mental health issues across Canada.

COLETTE ROY LAROCHE, M.S.C.
Lac-Mégantic, Québec

Colette Roy Laroche showed remarkable leadership in her role as the town’s mayor after the devastating train derailment that occurred on July 6, 2013, in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. Always ready to act for the good of her community, in the hours following the unprecedented catastrophe, she coordinated the efforts of emergency services and first responders, led evacuation and housing operations, and provided strong support to victims and all those affected by the disaster. She has worked tirelessly ever since to implement concrete measures to improve emergency response actions; these measures range from prevention to reconstruction after a tragedy. Through her strength of character, her ability to mobilize her fellow citizens, and her determination to rebuild Lac-Mégantic’s downtown and make it a model of sustainable development, she has proven to be an exemplary leader and has redefined the notion of public service.

SARAH BURKE, M.S.C. (posthumous)
Squamish, British Columbia

Sarah Burke was a leading pioneer in women’s freestyle skiing and lobbied tirelessly for years to have women included in all major freestyle ski competitions. A four-time Winter X Games champion in the women’s superpipe skiing event, she was the driving force behind a successful campaign to get women’s ski half-pipe recognized as an Olympic discipline. She died tragically on January 19, 2012, following a training accident, and sadly did not live to see her dream realized when women’s ski half-pipe and ski slopestyle were introduced at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, in February 2014. Ms. Burke was a role model to young athletes and continues to inspire women to believe in themselves and to follow their dreams.

EMMANUELLE SAJOUS
Deputy Secretary and
Deputy Herald Chancellor

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