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Order of Canada
Stephen Lewis, C.C.
Toronto, Ontario [Canada]
Companion of the Order of Canada
Awarded on October 10, 2002; Invested on October 24, 2003
Passionate and determined, Stephen Lewis is a humanitarian who has worked to improve the lives of the less fortunate, both at home and abroad. Leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party for eight years, he also served as Canadian ambassador to the United Nations and is currently the UN's special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Admired by Canadians of all political ideologies, he has garnered respect and attention internationally for the strength and eloquence with which he presents his convictions. He continues to represent our nation with distinction and is a formidable example of how, as individuals, we can effect positive change.