50 Years of Inspiring Canadians

Whether it’s uniting people through song or sport, fighting for the less fortunate or saving whooping cranes from extinction, close to 7 000 Canadians have worn the Order of Canada insignia with pride. The sum of their visions has helped us build a better Canada. This is a handful of their stories—inspiration for what’s still to come, because there is so much more to do.

Learn more about the book: They Desire a Better Country – The Order of Canada in 50 Stories

  • Social Justice, Sports & Health
Companion of the Order of Canada – 2009

Here is a measure of Chantal Petitclerc’s confidence and wit: Early on in her storied career as...

  • Social Justice, Sports & Health
Officier de l’Ordre du Canada – 2007

What sets Clara Hughes apart? The question has no easy or simple answer. The most obvious...

  • Social Justice, Sports & Health
Officer of the Order of Canada – 2000

Nicknames often reveal character.

Consider, for example, the ones attached to Geraldine...

  • Sports & Health
Officer of the Order of Canada – 2011

“The female Wayne Gretzky,” as some call her, Hayley Wickenheiser started playing hockey with...

  • Science & Education, Sports & Health
Companion of the Order of Canada – 2015

In the early 1970s, British-born Janet Rossant was studying zoology at Oxford University, where...

  • Social Justice, Sports & Health
Companion of the Order of Canada – 1998
Officer of the Order of Canada – 1969

Jean Béliveau’s heart was too small for his tall frame. A doctor once wrote in his file, “He has...