UBC community members named to the Order of Canada

Members of the UBC community have been appointed to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours.

English professor Sherrill Grace has been honoured for promoting Canadian culture and identity through her collection of published works of more than 200 papers, 19 books, and co-edited plays about Canadian art, theatre, film, music and literature.

University Marshal and Opera Director Nancy Hermiston is an accomplished opera singer who joined UBC’s School of Music in 1995 and established the UBC Opera Ensemble, which now tours Europe, China and Canada.

Forest ecologist and professor emeritus James Kimmins is recognized for his contributions to the field of ecology and for promoting environmental sustainability in forest management.

Three UBC alumni and two honorary degree recipients were also appointed. Alumnus John Daniel (’97) was appointed for his advancement of open learning and distance education. Surgeon Mortan Doran (’73) was recognized for his efforts to raise awareness of Tourette Syndrome and for his commitment to medical education. Conservationist Juri Peepre (’81) was appointed for his role in protecting the Canadian wilderness. UBC honorary degree recipients Michael Bliss (’07) and Douglas Coupland (’10) were named Members of the Order of Canada. Coupland’s archives are housed in the UBC Library.

Vancouver philanthropist Djavad Mowafaghian was also named a Member of the Order of Canada. Mowafaghian has made significant contributions to UBC and is recognized for his generosity in support of the health, education and well-being of children.

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