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Executive Council
November 30, 2009

The following is being distributed at the request of His Honour, the Honourable John Crosbie, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador:

Order of Newfoundland and Labrador Recipients Announced

The Honourable John Crosbie, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador and Chancellor of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced the most recent individuals to be inducted into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The individuals are: Gerard Cantwell Blackmore; Donna J. Butt; Jon Lien; Hazel R. Newhook; Gladys Manuel Osmond; John Crosbie Perlin; Margaret Pike and Geoffrey William Stirling. Alan Perry will be inducted as an honourary member of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador. An honourary membership is presented to individuals who are not Canadian citizens but who have demonstrated excellence in their fields of endeavour, and whose endeavors have benefited in an outstanding manner the province and its residents.

"These women and men exemplify the intent of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador, our province’s highest honour," said Mr. Crosbie. "Through their passion and commitment in all of their endeavors, they have made a lasting contribution to our province and our people. They are truly outstanding individuals and I look forward to recognizing them with the Order."

The investiture will take place at Government House on Friday, December 11.

"I extend my sincere congratulations to each of the inductees to the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador," said the Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. "Each of these individuals has made a tremendous contribution to our province in their own exceptional and unique way. Their lives and the achievements for which they are being honoured are a reminder of the incredible talent, grit and determination of our people. They are representative of the extraordinary people that make up this great province, and it will be a great privilege to witness their investiture into the Order."

The Order of Newfoundland and Labrador is the highest honour of the province and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence and achievement in any field of endeavour benefiting in an outstanding manner Newfoundland and Labrador and its residents. The first investiture took place in 2004.

Any person or group may nominate an individual for recognition by the Order. An independent group called the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador Advisory Council selects members to be invested into the Order after considering all nominations received.

Nominations for the next induction into the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador may be made until January 31, 2010. For more information, please visit www.gov.nl.ca/onl.

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Elizabeth Matthews
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
709-729-3960
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Gary Cake
Private Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor
Government House
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garycake@gov.nl.ca
Andrea Nolan
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
709-729-4304, 727-0991
andreanolan@gov.nl.ca
 

BACKGROUNDER

Biographies of Inductees to the
Order of Newfoundland and Labrador

Gerard C. Blackmore

The visual, aural and performance art created by Gerard Cantwell Blackmore has been essential to capturing the memories and recollections of this province. Born in the town of Grand Falls, he has recreated the essence of our provincial spirit and presented it to us as a gift, adding another chapter to our colourful and celebrated history.

Donna J. Butt

Donna Butt has used her many creative talents to become a purveyor of our culture, and a caretaker of our past. Her vision, carried out in part through the Rising Tide Theatre, has played a significant role in keeping alive the rich tradition of arts and entertainment in this province today.

Jon Lien

Dr. Jon Lien has been instrumental in areas of conservation throughout the province, and is credited with saving hundreds of whales trapped in fishing gear. From the moment he accepted a position at Memorial University in 1968, he made an enduring commitment to a new country, a unique province and a people that he would serve wholeheartedly.

Hazel R. Newhook

Hazel Newhook has had many careers throughout her life – business owner, mayor, provincial Cabinet Minister and volunteer – each aimed at giving and providing for people who need it most. Building a business reputation for helping people 365 days a year she carried that trait into public life and has paved a road of inspiration for generations to come.

Gladys M. Osmond

For over two decades Gladys Manuel Osmond’s letters to "Any Canadian Soldier" have provided the comfort of home to thousands of members of the Canadian Forces. Mailing letters by the bundle from her home in Springdale, her dedication has ensured that wherever our soldiers are in the world they are in her thoughts and heart.

John C. Perlin

John Crosbie Perlin has lent himself to many causes and over 50 charitable, community, provincial and national organizations. His involvement in any endeavour is a precursor for success, and a sign that a greater good will be the product of his efforts.

Geoffrey Alan Perry

Since first visiting this province in the 1980s Dr. Perry has continually promoted and encouraged the documentation, and preservation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s history with that of its English and European roots. Dr. Perry’s commitment to this province and its historical connections to his homeland have left an indelible mark on our historical psyche.

Margaret Pike

Guided by values of equality, honesty and compassion, Margaret Pike has committed herself to advancing the rights of people with developmental disabilities. Her work continues to positively affect thousands of people, their families and their communities within this province. Her dedication has proven invaluable to the success of her endeavours.

Geoffrey W. Stirling

Geoffrey William Stirling’s deep footprints throughout this province can be tracked from pre-Confederation days to the present. His communication enterprises have helped bring the world to our doorsteps, all the while documenting our growth as a people and a province for the world to see.

2009 11 30                                                          1:40 p.m.
 


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