of Manitoba was established to recognize Manitobans whose demonstrated
excellence and achievement have benefited the social, cultural or economic
well-being of the province and its residents.
Lt.-Gov. Janice C. Filmon, chancellor of the order, presided
over the investiture of the 12 new members whose achievements encompassed
a broad range of endeavours and accomplishments:
Chad Allan: "a
rock music icon, for his contributions to the Canadian music industry including
the pivotal role he played in the creation of two legendary Winnipeg rock
bands: The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive" -- was a 2015
recipient of the Order.
were Rachel Alao, Karen Beaudin, Tom Cochrane, Dian Cohen, Wilma Derksen,
Dan Johnson, Sheldon Kennedy, Donald R. J. Mackey, Mitch Podolak, Monica
Khhem Kamarie Singh, and Jonathan Toews.
“The women and men to be invested into the Order of Manitoba in 2015
demonstrate the power of a single individual in encouraging positive change
locally, nationally, and globally. I am delighted and humbled to preside
over the induction of these 12 inspiring leaders,” said Lt.-Gov. Filmon.
Appointments are made by the chancellor on the recommendations of a
nine-member advisory council. Once invested, members will receive the insignia
of the order and are entitled to use the initials O.M. after their names
for life. Members’ names are also on permanent display on a plaque located
on the second floor of the Legislative Building.
The 2015 ceremony, the 16th in the order’s history, brings to 210 the
total number of members named to the Order of Manitoba since its inception