Prince Charles, Catherine O'Hara and Mike Myers are among the 99 recipients set to receive the Order of Canada. The announcement was made on Thursday (June 30) by Governor General David Johnston, who encouraged all Canadians to celebrate the work of these “remarkable individuals.”
“I am delighted to recognize these new recipients of the Order of Canada on the eve of the 150th anniversary of Confederation,” exclaimed the Governor General, adding, “The individuals on today’s list, just like those appointed half a century ago, are truly inspiring as they have helped to build the smarter, more caring nation that we, as Canadians, are all so proud to call ‘home.’”
The Prince of Wales recognition is particularly monumental given that he will become an Extraordinary Companion of the Order of Canada for “his global philanthropic leadership, notably for his commitment to supporting Canadian charitable activities and for his enduring support of Canada’s service men and women.” His mother, the Queen, is Sovereign of the Order.
Comedian and former Saturday Night Live star Mike Myers was appointed for "his acclaimed body of comedic work as an actor, writer and producer" while Schitt’s Creek star Catherine O’Hara is being celebrated for her "groundbreaking contributions to Canadian film and television." Other famous faces on the list include Jeopardy host Alex Trebek, musician Alan Doyle and critically-acclaimed Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée.
Earlier this month, The Tragically Hip's lead singer Gord Downie was appointed the honour during a special service at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie were on hand to watch the iconic singer be recognized for his advocacy on behalf of Indigenous people.