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George Chuvalo, C.M.

Toronto, Ontario [Canada]

Member of the Order of Canada

Awarded on May 6, 1998; Invested on October 22, 1998

Canada's heavyweight boxing champion for eleven consecutive years, he is remembered internationally as one of the world's highest ranked boxers. The strength and stamina he displayed during his many years in the ring, have been mirrored by his inner strength and fortitude when faced with several family tragedies. Never one to give up, he has become a powerful speaker on the harsh realities of the use of illegal drugs. His hard-hitting but heartfelt message has a lasting impact on youth, parents and educators, and has turned around many young lives.