Charles Aznavour invested as an honorary Officer of the Order of Canada

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July 4, 2008

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will present the insignia of Officer of the Order of Canada to Charles Aznavour, a French Citizen who, as a singer, composer and actor, has helped establish important cultural ties between French-speaking communities in Canada and other countries. This special investiture will occur at 12:00 p.m., on Saturday July 5, 2008, at the Residence of the Governor General of Canada at the Citadelle of Québec. Other honorary recipients of the Order of Canada are His Highness the Aga Khan, C.C.; Boutros Boutros-Gali, C.C.; Nelson Mandela, C.C.; Charles Dutoit, O.C., Bernard Pivot, O.C. and Havel Václav, O.C.

Charles Aznavour, O.C.
Geneva, Switzerland
Officer of the Order of Canada

Singer, songwriter and actor, Charles Aznavour is one of France’s most popular musical icons. For the past 60 years, he has been singing about our love stories and everyday lives in many languages. Versatile and passionate, this enduring legend has charmed audiences around the world; but first and foremost, he remains an ambassador of the French language. Since first coming to Montréal, he has remained deeply attached to Canada, where he has drawn admirers from coast to coast to coast. Dedicated to humanitarian causes, he shares his artistic talents in support of charitable organizations in Armenia, where he was appointed UNESCO’s Permanent Ambassador.

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ANNEX B - ORDER OF CANADA BACKGROUNDER

The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement and service in various fields of human endeavour. It is our country’s highest civilian honour for lifetime achievement. Three different levels of membership—Companion, Officer and Member—honour people whose accomplishments vary in degree and scope.

Appointments are made on the recommendations of the Advisory Council on the Order of Canada, an independent council chaired by the chief justice of Canada.

The governor general is the Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order. Members of the Advisory Council on the Order of Canada reflect the diversity and excellence in Canadian society. Certain members are appointed by virtue of their office; others are appointed for a fixed term to achieve a balanced representation of the various regions of the country.

Any group or individual is welcome to nominate deserving individuals as candidates for appointment.

Any Canadian may be nominated for the Order of Canada. The only exceptions are federal and provincial politicians and judges, who may not be appointed while holding office.

People who are not Canadian may be considered for honorary appointments.