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Order of Canada

Ronald Caplan, C.M.

Sydney, Nova Scotia [Canada]

Member of the Order of Canada

Awarded on November 16, 2010; Invested on May 25, 2012

For decades, Ronald Caplan has been preserving the cultural traditions and living history of Cape Breton Island. As the publisher of Cape Breton's Magazine, he travelled throughout the Island to gather and share the everyday, yet extraordinary, stories of the region's English, French, Acadian and Mi'kmaq residents. He has preserved the Magazine's image as a cultural, social and historical record of a time gone by, but has also made it fully accessible to today's historians and the general public through the publication's online version. Also an author himself and the publisher of Breton Books, he continues to volunteer with heritage organizations in Nova Scotia.