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Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in General News, Uncategorized

VOW member Phyllis Creighton among 25 Appointees Named To Ontario’s Highest Honour

  • News Release

              For Immediate Release

    January 31, 2013

    25 Appointees Named To Ontario’s Highest Honour




    World renowned film director, Deepa Mehta, lung transplant innovator, Dr. Shafique Keshavjee and celebrated actor and tenor, Michael Burgess are among 25 extraordinary Ontarians appointed to the Order of Ontario.


    The appointees to Ontario’s highest honour were chosen for their contributions to the arts, law, science, medicine, history, politics, philanthropy and the environment.


    The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, will invest the appointees at a ceremony on Wednesday, February 6 at Queen’s Park.


    Named to the Order of Ontario are:

    Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, a Palestinian physician and internationally recognized human rights and inspirational peace activist devoted to advancing health and education opportunities for women and girls in the Middle East, through his own research and by founding the charitable organization, The Daughters of Life Foundation in Toronto.

  • Michael Burgess, one of Canada’s most distinguished actors and singers with award-winning performances in theatre, film and television. Burgess gives back to his community with a passionate commitment to charitable organizations that matches his stellar performance career.
  • Mark Cohon of Toronto, commissioner of the Canadian Football League and chair of the Ontario Science Centre’s board of trustees, whose exemplary leadership has brought both Canadian institutions to prominence.
  • Glen Cook of Windsor, a businessman descended from slaves, has restored and preserved the historic Puce River Black Community Cemetery – the burial site of some of this country’s earliest black settlers, many of whom travelled the Underground Railroad to find freedom in Canada.
  •  Stephen Cook is one of the world’s most recognized and influential computer scientists. The Torontonian is a pioneer in the field of computational complexity. Cook’s work identifies what computers can and cannot solve efficiently and his concept of ‘NP-complete’ is considered one of the two most essential principles in computer science.
  • Phyllis Creighton of Toronto, a passionate advocate for mental and reproductive health care, social justice, peace, and the environment. Creighton chaired the Ontario Mental Health Foundation and the Addiction Research Foundation’s clinical institute, and held leadership positions in numerous organizations that benefit both current and future Ontarians.
  • Michael Davies, a leading businessman and philanthropist in Kingston whose contributions have supported Queen’s University, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and countless other Ontario educational, cultural and health-care institutions.
  • Ronald Deibert, widely recognized to be among the world’s leading experts on digital technology, security, and human rights. Deibert is the director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and among the first to recognize, and take measures to mitigate growing threats to communications rights, openness and security worldwide.
  • Dr. Rory Fisher is a pioneer in the field of geriatric care, who has made monumental contributions to the fields of end-of-life care, ethics in geriatric care and prevention of elder abuse. He headed the Department of Extended Care at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto for almost 20 years.
  • Anne Golden has made enormous contributions to public policy and civil society over a 40-year career. She is recently retired President of the Conference Board of Canada, served as President of the United Way of Greater Toronto and chaired several high profile public policy task forces. She is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Special Advisor at Ryerson University.
  • Joan Green, the Toronto Board of Education’s first female CEO and the Founding CEO of Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has improved the learning experiences of Ontario’s children and has served the community in a wide range of volunteer roles.
  • Dr. Vladimir Hachinski of London, a world-renowned neurologist and one of the foremost authorities in the field of stroke and dementia and Alzheimer research.  His discoveries have changed thinking, approaches and treatments to the benefit of millions. Dr. Hachinski is also a professor of neurology at the University of Western Ontario, and is currently president of the World Federation of Neurology.
  • John D. Honsberger, a widely respected Thornhill lawyer specializing in bankruptcy and insolvency law, for seminal contributions to legal education, history, and community service. Honsberger was founding editor of the Law Society of Upper Canada Gazette.
  • Dr. Shafique Keshavjee, a thoracic surgeon and world leader in lung transplantation. Based in Toronto, Dr. Keshavjee’s advances in organ preservation and repair have significantly increased the number of donor lungs used to save lives with lung transplantation.
  • Fr. Joseph MacDonald of Toronto, who has devoted years to providing compassionate assistance to Ontario’s homeless, particularly those struggling with schizophrenia. Fr. MacDonald founded Poverello Charities Ontario, an organization that provides shelter and support to people in need.