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Dr. Bonnie Henry nominated to receive Order of Canada

Chief provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry provides an update on COVID-19 on April 2, 2020.
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May 01, 2020 - 7:30 AM

Dr. Bonnie Henry has been recognized for her efforts in the fight against COVID-19 in B.C. with a nomination for the Order of Canada.

Daryl Hatton posted on the Dr. Bonnie Henry Fan Club Facebook page April 4, explaining why he believed B.C.'s provincial health officer deserved the recognition, and asked if others felt the same.

"The response that came back was just huge," said Hatton. 

With the support of the group, he prepared the materials for nomination, detailing why he believes Dr. Henry should be named an Officer of the Order of Canada.

"She represents the average Canadian, and she's exemplary in what she does," Hatton said. "She generously shares credit for the things that have gone well and accepts responsibility for things that haven’t."

After submitting his nomination, Hatton received an email from the Secretary to the Governor General stating that Dr. Henry had already been nominated and is currently a candidate. The email did not specify who had nominated Dr. Henry but his nomination would be added to others'.

The Order of Canada is based on extraordinary contributions to the nation. Any living Canadian is eligible for the award, with the exception of elected officials and judges while they are in office, according to the Governor General's website.

Candidates are researched and reviewed by an advisory council, which makes recommendations to the Governor General. 

The selection process, which may take up to two years, is non-partisan and merit-based.

To see the list of the newest recipients of the Order of Canada, click here.

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