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Best of B.C. bestowed with Province's highest honour



Date Posted : July 22, 2014


VICTORIA - In front of friends, family and a room full of distinguished guests, 23 exceptional civic leaders were honoured today at Government House with the Province's highest form of recognition, the Order of British Columbia.

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"The Order of British Columbia is the Province's most prestigious accolade," said Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon, Chancellor of the Order. "For 25 years, we have publicly recognized those who have dedicated themselves to bettering the lives of their fellow citizens. These recipients exemplify the positive difference one person can make in a community and are an inspiration to all British Columbians."

"The Order of British Columbia recognizes remarkable accomplishments by extraordinary British Columbians," said Premier Christy Clark. "This year's recipients have each made a difference in their communities and to the province. On behalf of all British Columbians, I want to thank them for their dedication and all they do to make B.C. better."

This year's recipients are:

Roger H. Barnsley, Ph.D. of Parksville - educator and founding president of Thompson Rivers University.
Peter Bentley, O.C., LL.D. of Vancouver - forest industry executive and community leader.
Dana Brynelsen, LL.D. of Halfmoon Bay - visionary in the field of early childhood intervention for people with special needs.
John A. Cairns, M.D., FRCPC, FCAHS, FRCP, FACC of Vancouver - heart disease researcher and educator.
Tung Chan, B.A., FICB, LL.D., HCapt(N) of Richmond - volunteer, philanthropist and immigrant-community leader.
William Clifford, M.D., B.Sc., B.Med.Sci, M.ScF, FCFP of Prince George - physician and health information technology pioneer.
Douglas Coupland, O.C., D.Litt, R.C.A of West Vancouver - writer, designer, visual artist and global change-maker.
Gloria Cuccione of Coquitlam - philanthropist and fundraiser for childhood cancer research.
Leslie Diamond of Vancouver - philanthropist and community volunteer.
James C. Hogg, O.C., M.D., Ph.D., F.R.S.C. of Vancouver - lung disease researcher and educator.
Jane Knott Hungerford of Vancouver - volunteer, fundraiser and community leader.
Paul Lacerte of Victoria - leader and advocate for the betterment of Aboriginal people.
Donald R. Lindsay of Vancouver - business leader and advocate for the well-being of children.
Anne Lippert of Vancouver - trailblazer among women in business and community leader.
The Honourable Leonard S. Marchand, P.C., C.M., M.S.F., B.S.A., LL.D. of Kamloops - Parliamentarian and advocate for justice for First Nations.
K. Barry Marsden, C.M. of West Vancouver - innovative developer of aerial firefighting equipment and aerospace technology.
Chief Chester Moore of Terrace - hereditary chieftain and promoter of Nisga'a culture.
Rudolph North, C.M., B.Comm. LL.D. of Vancouver - philanthropist, humanitarian and business leader.
David R. Podmore of Vancouver - industry and community leader.
John Brian Patrick Quinn, O.C., J.D., LL.D. of West Vancouver - professional hockey executive and gold-medal winning coach.
Bob Rennie of Vancouver - business leader and patron of arts and culture.
Chief Councillor Ellis Ross of Kitamaat Village - Haisla business, political and community leader.
Lorne R. Segal of Vancouver - community philanthropist and business leader.
Aubrey J. Tingle, M.D., Ph.D., Hon. D.Sc , FRCPC, FCAHS of Richmond - health research leader, builder and mentor.
Hal Weinberg, Ph.D. of Anmore - brain behaviour researcher and local government leader.

Four recipients, Donald Lindsay, the Honourable Leonard Marchand, Rudy North and Lorne Segal, were unable to attend the ceremony, while Gregory Fahlman and George Hungerford, 2013 recipients, were invested today, having missed last year's ceremony.

The Order of British Columbia is bestowed annually to citizens who have demonstrated outstanding distinction and achievement in any field. Since the order was first introduced in 1989, 370 people have been appointed.

Learn More:

The Order of British Columbia is online at: www.orderofbc.gov.bc.ca

Two backgrounders follow.

Contact: Intergovernmental Relations Secretariat Communications 778 977-0298

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