Two alumni and four others with connections to Dalhousie were among 125 new appointments to the Order of Canada announced at the end of 2017. Alumni Catherine Anne Martin (BA (Theatre)’79) and Raymond Murphy (BScPH’73) were named Members of the Order, along with honorary degree recipient Dr. Elizabeth Cromwell (LLD’17), Schulich School of Law Professor Dr. Jocelyn Downie, and Dal’s former vice-president research Dr. Martha Crago.

Former law professor The Honourable Thomas Cromwell was appointed a Companion to the Order of Canada.

Dec. 29, 2017

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, today announced 125 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new member list includes 4 Companions (C.C.), 35 Officers (O.C.) and 86 Members (C.M.). Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.

The Honourable Thomas Cromwell, C.C.
Ottawa, Ontario
For his illustrious service as a Supreme Court justice, and for his leadership in improving access to justice for all Canadians.

Martha Crago, C.M.
Montréal, Quebec
For her contributions to research and innovation in Canada, notably in the area of ocean science.

Elizabeth Cromwell, C.M.
Shelburne, Nova Scotia
For her contributions to Black heritage preservation and education in Nova Scotia.

Jocelyn Downie, C.M.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
For her contributions to Canadian health law and policy, notably through her efforts to promote high-quality end-of-life care.

Catherine Anne Martin, C.M.
Blind Bay, Nova Scotia
For her award-winning documentaries and for her commitment to promoting education among the members of the Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Innu and Inuit communities, particularly women and youth.

Raymond Murphy, C.M., O.P.E.I.
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
For his excellence in business and community leadership in Prince Edward Island, notably as an advocate for healthy communities.

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