Céline, who has already been named a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2008, which is the top level, was officially presented with her medal by Governor General David Johnston.
“Your commitment to helping fellow Canadians and people around the world is inspiring, and we are grateful for what you have done,” the Governor General said. He went on to praise her as an "extraordinary" Canadian ambassador, for her "unique voice" and her devotion to various causes.
“I share this with my mother, who is here, and also with my children who are still too young to measure the scope," Céline said. "I would also like to thank my husband, René, who I owe so much to for the woman I became and the artist I am.”
Céline was also awarded with an honourary degree from Laval University in Quebec City.
The evening was momentous for René, too. He officially became a member of the Order — after his appointment last November.
"I thank our children, a source of inspiration and pride," René said. And he thanked Céline, calling her the "exceptional artist who was my engine, the mother and wife who was even more exceptional who gave me wings."
Céline and René are currently in Quebec City for for her mostly French concert Une Seule Fois, Saturday evening at the Plains of Abraham.
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