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Burnaby's Michael Bublé among Order of B.C. recipients

Last Updated Aug 3, 2020 at 11:59 am PDT

FILE - Michael Buble is shown on stage at the Juno Awards in Vancouver, Sunday, March 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Burnaby's Michael Bublé one of 13 British Columbians honoured with Order of B.C.

Former cabinet minister Carole Taylor, onetime VANOC chair Rusty Goepel, and artist John Malcolm Horton also on the list

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Michael Bublé, a Burnaby native, is one of the British Columbians about to get a special honour.

He is among 13 people about to receive the Order of B.C., the province’s highest form of recognition.

“They have helped us to grow as a province, taught us to care for our environment, enriched our lives with literature and art, helped us to address past injustices and inspired us to become a more caring and inclusive society,” said Lt. Gov. Janet Austin, chancellor of the order. “To recognize these remarkable people, who are changing our communities for the better in many ways, is an honour of great personal significance to me.”

Former cabinet minister Carole Taylor, one-time Vancouver Organizing Committee chair Rusty Goepel, and artist John Malcolm Horton of Delta are also on the list.

This year, 160 people in B.C. were nominated, and 460 have received the honour since its inception.

There was a push to add Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry to the list for her work on the COVID-19 pandemic, but she will have to wait until next year.

Winners would normally receive their award during an investiture ceremony but that’s been cancelled because of COVID-19.

“As we celebrate B.C. Day, I want to recognize the efforts, achievements and accomplishments of this year’s Order of British Columbia recipients,” said Premier John Horgan. “Congratulations on receiving this well-deserved honour. Your many contributions have enriched the lives of British Columbians and helped make our province an even better place.”

Here’s a full list of this year’s recipients:

  • Shashi Assanand of Richmond
  • Ryan Beedie of West Vancouver
  • Michael Bublé of Burnaby
  • Shirley Chan of Vancouver
  • Neil Cook, MGC, of Cranbrook
  • Paul George of Gibsons
  • Rusty Goepel of Vancouver
  • John Malcolm Horton of Delta
  • Mel Krajden, PhD, of Vancouver
  • Janet Nadine Mort, PhD, of Brentwood Bay
  • Tracy Porteous of Vancouver
  • Carole Taylor, OC, of Vancouver
  • Ruth Williams of Kamloops

For more information on nominations, click here.