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Order of Canada
John C. O'Donnell, C.M., M.Mus., D.Litt.
Antigonish, Nova Scotia [Canada]
Member of the Order of Canada
Awarded on December 19, 1983; Invested on April 11, 1984
Professor of music at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, John O'Donnell is best known as Director of the "Men of the Deeps", an internationally-known choral group made up of Cape Breton coal miners. He is also active as co-founder and member of the board of "L'Arche Antigonish", a group home for the mentally disabled.