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Celebrating Stories of Ontarians: Rosemary Sadlier, Member of Order of Ontario

Celebrating stories of Ontarians: Rosemary Sadlier, Member of the Order of Ontario For more than 30 years, Rosemary Sadlier has advocated for the recognition of Canada’s Black history, and she remains as tenacious as ever. Having led successful national campaigns for commemorations, published seven books about the subject, and received the Order […]

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Celebrating stories of Ontarians: Medal for Major (Retired) Kanwal Sethi

Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell Presents Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to Recipient Major (Retired) Kanwal Sethi From his early years in rural Kenya in the 1940s and ‘50s, living in villages without plumbing or electricity, Kanwal Sethi came to know the value of volunteering. “When you grow up recognizing that you’re […]

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Celebrating Stories of Ontarians: André Levesque, Member of the Order of Ontario

Whenever André Levesque walks by the National War Memorial in his native Ottawa, he lays his hands on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier. “My body feels warm and glowing,” he says, “like I’m going through something very emotional. It’s amazing.” Levesque’s deep personal connection to the monument was sparked when he […]

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Celebrating Stories of Ontarians: Barbara Reid, Member of the Order of Ontario

You don’t need the name on the cover to identify a book by Barbara Reid. It isn’t just that the children’s author and illustrator has such a distinctively vibrant visual style; it’s also the wonderfully unusual medium she uses: plasticine. A competition Reid entered in the late 1970s, while she […]

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Celebrating stories of Ontarians: Adeena Niazi, Member of the Order of Ontario

Nine years after she had moved to Canada as a refugee, Adeena Niazi had herself smuggled back into Afghanistan. It was 1997, and the Taliban had banned girls’ education; the former lecturer at Kabul University was determined to help. She set up underground home-based schools for girls, funding them with […]