OTTAWA (ON), December 13, 2021 /CNW/ – Today, in a ceremony at Rideau Hall, Her Excellency the Right Honorable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, awarded honors to 23 outstanding personalities. The ceremony was attended by a small group of family and friends who joined in celebrating the recipients and their accomplishments.

The Canadian Honors System recognizes extraordinary individuals and their outstanding contributions to Canada. Today’s recipients come from all walks of life and share a desire to achieve excellence by contributing to their communities and to Canada, whether through heroic deeds, remarkable deeds or exceptional volunteerism.

Nominations for Canadian Honors are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Highlight someone extraordinary by nominating them for a Canadian honor.

Fast facts:

  • Encouraging excellence is at the heart of every Governor General’s mandate.
  • Meritorious Service Decorations (Civil Division) recognize individuals who have performed an act of the highest quality, bringing honor to Canada. These actions range from advocacy initiatives or fundraising campaigns to providing services to local communities.
  • The Bravery Decorations celebrate brave individuals who have risked their lives to try to save someone in imminent danger.
  • The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the outstanding volunteer achievements of individuals and honors their dedication and commitment.
  • Anyone can nominate someone for a Canadian honour. Each nomination is researched before being reviewed by an independent advisory committee or council, which then makes recommendations to the Governor General.

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