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They Desire a Better Country / Ils desirent une patrie meilleure: The Order of Canada in 50 Stories / L'Ordre du Canada en 50 histoires - LAWRENCE SCANLAN - DANIEL POLIQUIN

They Desire a Better Country / Ils desirent une patrie meilleure: The Order of Canada in 50 Stories / L'Ordre du Canada en 50 histoires

LAWRENCE SCANLAN
DANIEL POLIQUIN

 
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Twice a year, in summer and in winter, appointments to the Order of Canada are posted in newspapers across the country. The range of professions represented are often dizzying, but there are common themes in the choices: excellence, service to the nation, passion, innovation, commitment, dedication, brilliance. The order’s motto effectively captures the generous and selfless spirit of these people: Desiderantes meliorem patriam—they desire a better country.
The Order of Canada—our nation’s highest honour—was launched fifty years ago in 1967 by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. Since then, almost seven thousand Canadians have received the award for service to their communities, the nation, and, in some cases, the world.

To celebrate the Order of Canada’s fiftieth anniversary in 2017, the Rideau Hall Foundation commissioned this exceptional book with the aim of encouraging Canadians to learn about some of the remarkable individuals who have garnered this prestigious award. And though this book captures only a handful of their stories, it is a reflection of the inspiration all Order of Canada members bestow upon us.

You’ll meet some of the luminaries and unheralded wave-makers alike, of every age, from coast to coast to coast, and marvel at the breathtaking diversity of Canadians’ achievements. You may learn things about celebrated individuals that you didn’t know before, and be introduced to extraordinary people whose names and work are unfamiliar, but who nonetheless have made a lasting impact.

Choosing recipients for the Order of Canada is an elaborate process. Any citizen can nominate another citizen. Every year four hundred to six hundred names are filed with The Chancellery of Honours, the administrative branch of the Governor General’s office that oversees the procedure. Members of the Order are recognized for their contributions at a local or regional level. Officers of the Order earn it for service or accomplishment at the national level. And Companions of the Order are recognized for pre-eminent service with international impact.

In 1967, though, the biggest obstacle to the creation of the Order of Canada was: what would it look like? The graphic designer whose job it was to design the insignia for the Order of Canada nervously pondered his weighty assignment. Walking from his office as it started to snow. As every Canadian knows, it’s impossible to walk through falling snow without snowflakes hitting you in the eye—and the snowflake insignia was born.

Next time you see someone wearing the distinctive snowflake lapel pin, ask them about their story—it will be as fascinating and inspiring as any of those told in this book—and a reminder of all that is good and great about the place we call our home and native land.

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Auteur :  LAWRENCE SCANLAN
DANIEL POLIQUIN
Titre : They Desire a Better Country / Ils desirent une patrie meilleure: The Order of Canada in 50 Stories / L'Ordre du Canada en 50 histoires
Date de parution : avril 2017
Éditeur : FIGURE 1 PUBLISHING
Sujet : HIST. GEN. QUEBEC-CANADA
ISBN : 9781927958766 (1927958768)
Référence Renaud-Bray : 11744375
No de produit : 2138053

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