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Order of Canada

Yoshio Senda, C.M., LL.D.

Lethbridge, Alberta [Canada]

Member of the Order of Canada

Awarded on October 25, 2007; Invested on April 11, 2008

Yoshio Senda is a role model and mentor who has dedicated much of his life to the development and expansion of judo in Canada. For over 55 years, he has been a volunteer coach and instructor in Lethbridge, where he continues to teach several times a week, instilling the values of physical fitness, patience and discipline in students of all ages. He served as the national coach of two Canadian Olympic judo teams, and is the first and only Canadian recipient of Kudan, judo's ninth degree black belt.

Deceased on September 9, 2009