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Spirit of the West founder among the Order of BC recipients

(Source: orderofbc.gov.bc.ca)

VICTORIA (NEWS 1130) – A founder member of Spirit of the West will be appointed to the Order of BC.

John Mann is one of 16 people getting the top nod. Word of the recognition comes only a couple months after John Mann performed his last concert. At the age of 53, he continues his battle with Alzheimers and raises money through smaller charity gigs.

Also receiving the Order of BC are radio legend Red Robinson, Kim Baird who negotiated a treaty with the Tsawwassen First Nation, entrepreneur Frank Giustra and former Attorney General and Oak Bay Mayor Brian Smith.

The Order of BC is awarded by the Lieutenant-Governor to people who inspire British Columbians through what’s described as a spirit of generosity and outstanding achievement.

The rest of this year’s recipients are:

Janet Austin of Vancouver: Business and non-profit leader who, as CEO of the YWCA Vancouver, has championed new social services and programs.

Beverley Boys, CM of Surrey: Acclaimed international diving judge and diving coach.

Dr. Allen Eaves of Vancouver: Leading leukemia specialist and founder owner of the largest biotechnology company in Canada.

Frank Giustra of Vancouver: Influential Canadian entrepreneur and global philanthropist.

Saleema Noon of Vancouver: Leading sexual health educator in the province and advocate for wellness education.

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, OC of Vancouver: Landscape architect who has pioneered many globally-recognized approaches to outdoor environments.

J. Pauline Rafferty of Victoria: A leading Canadian executive in the cultural sector who transformed the Royal BC Museum into a premier museum.

Sandra Richardson of Victoria: CEO of the Victoria Foundation who spearheads a number of successful programs responding to community needs.

David Sidoo of Vancouver: Sporting legend, successful investment banker and leading philanthropist.

Brian R.D. Smith, QC of Victoria: Long-serving elected official who led social innovations in the arena of sports, education, law and business.

Marjorie White of New Westminster: Founder of the first Aboriginal service agencies in Canada, which evolved into a national Friendship Centres movement.

Dr. Peter K. K. Wong of Vancouver: Community leader, businessman, philanthropist and physician, who serves patients in Vancouver’s east side neighbourhood.

Dr. Eric M. Yoshida of Vancouver: Leading clinical and research expert in liver disease.