BC Artists and Cultural Advocates Among Recipients of Order of Canada

Officer of the Order of Canada Gloria Cranmer Webster | Image: Gloria Cranmer Webster

Officer of the Order of Canada Gloria Cranmer Webster | Image: Gloria Cranmer Webster

The recipients of the Order of Canada were appointed June 30, and among them are eight British Columbians. The group of BC winners includes:

  • Victoria's Joe Arvay, a prolific litigation lawyer in the field of public law who assisted the BC Civil Liberties Association in striking down obscenity laws used to censor LGBTQ literature in the historic Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium v. Canada case;
  • Gloria Cranmer Webster of Alert Bay, a former assistant curator at Museum of Anthropology at UBC who has worked tirelessly to repatriate Indigenous artifacts and promote Indigenous culture;
  • Cree/Salteaux performing artist and theatre practitioner Margo Kane, an interdisciplinary artist and a leader in the world of Indigenous performing arts; and
  • Broadcaster and musicologist Sylvia L'Ecuyer, who served as director of music at CBC/Radio-Canada and is an associate professor at Université de Montréal's Faculty of Music.

Other British Columbians who were appointed to the Order include mining entrepreneur and philanthropist Ross Beaty, Burnaby's Christine Sinclair (captain of the Canadian women's soccer team), longtime Vancouver city manager Judy Rogers, and former CEO of Science World Bryan Tisdall.

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