Former premier Gordon Campbell is among 14 people soon to be awarded the honour of the Order of British Columbia.
The office of B.C. Lieutenant-Governor Steven Point announced the 2011 recipients Friday, noting that Campbell would be receiving the award due to his standing as a “visionary, leader [and] proud British Columbian.”
Campbell left office earlier this year amid controversy over his government's handling of the harmonized sales tax.
Also being honoured are Child Find B.C. president Crystal Dunahee, whose son vanished in 1991, and sports announcer and analyst Jim Robson, who was described as, “the voice of hockey in B.C.”
Other recipients this year include:
- Luigi Aquilini ,of Vancouver, owner of the Vancouver Canucks.
- Peter Norman Baird, of Vancouver, public servant.
- Ken Dobell, of Vancouver, public servant.
- David Emerson, of Vancouver, businessman and former federal cabinet minister.
- Yuri Fulmer, of West Vancouver, entrepreneur and volunteer.
- Tim Jones, of North Vancouver, search and rescue leader.
- Dr. Phil Muir of Hazelton, long-time northern doctor and innovator.
- J.C. O'Rourke, of West Vancouver, businessman.
- Karen O'Shannacery, of Vancouver, advocate for homeless people.
- Baljit Sethi, of Prince George, advocate for immigrants.
- Ellen White, of Nanaimo, native educator and activist.
The investiture ceremony will be held at Government House in Victoria on Oct. 4.
Since the Order was first introduced in 1989, 301 people have received the honour.