Order of Canada 50th Anniversary National Gathering

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will host a special gathering to mark the 50th anniversary of the Order of Canada at Rideau Hall, on Saturday, August 26, 2017.

“The Order of Canada comprises an extraordinary network of talented, compassionate and dynamic people from right across this vast, diverse land, and yet, like any group of individuals, the Order is much more than the sum of its parts,” said the Governor General. “Together, let’s use this historic gathering to strengthen this community, to talk about the challenges and opportunities our country faces, and to find new ways to improve this great nation as we turn the corner toward the next half-century of Canada.”

The outdoor event—the first to gather members of the Order since its creation—will feature inspirational remarks, cultural elements and networking opportunities for members to deepen their sense of community.

At 1:30 p.m., media are invited to cover the Governor General’s speech, in addition to the remarks and musical performances offered throughout the afternoon by the following Order of Canada members: Gregory Charles, George Elliott Clarke, Édith Cloutier, Marc Kielburger, Huguette Labelle, Dany Laferrière, Suzie LeBlanc, Chantal Petitclerc, the Order of Canada Soloists and Janet Rossant.

About the Order of Canada

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Close to 7 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. There are currently more than 3 400 living members. Their contributions are varied, yet they have all enriched the lives of others and have taken to heart the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”). Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.

Throughout the year, the Order of Canada’s 50th anniversary is being celebrated through a host of special initiatives and partnerships. To join the celebration, visit OC50.gg.ca and use the hashtag #OC50.


Media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their attendance with the
Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Princess Anne Entrance
no later than 1 p.m. on the day of the event.

Media information:

Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-852-3248 (cell)

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