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Stoddart invested by Governor General

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presents the Officer of the Order of Canada insignia to Jennifer Stoddart, O.C. on September 23, in Ottawa. MCpl Vincent Carbonneau/Rideau Hall/OSGG

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presents the Officer of the Order of Canada insignia to Jennifer Stoddart, O.C. on September 23, in Ottawa. MCpl Vincent Carbonneau/Rideau Hall/OSGG

Ottawa - His Excellency, the Right Hon. David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, invested 46 recipients into the Order of Canada in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, on September 23. The honour was bestowed on 1 Companion, 9 Officers, and 36 Members.

Among the new Officers of the Order of Canada, recognizing National service, was former Bradford West Gwillimbury resident and Privacy Commissioner, Jennifer Stoddart.

Stoddart, who now lives in Montreal, has been a passionate defender of the privacy rights integral to a free and democratic society. Trained as a lawyer and historian, she was prominent in human rights and employment equity before her appointment as Canada's 6th Privacy Commissioner. During her tenure, she led a number of initiatives demonstrating how to protect privacy, in the Information Age – recognizing that the global reach of social media necessitated a co-ordinated response. She rallied the international community to defend privacy rights, setting an example.

Among those invested as Members of the Order of Canada were author Lawrence Hill (The Book of Negroes), opera singer Marie-Nicole Lemieux, and Christine Magee, founder of Sleep Country Canada.

The Order of Canada was created in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Since its creation, more than 6,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.