Dr. Bonnie Henry has been awarded the Order of BC — the province’s highest form of recognition.
The health officer is among 16 other recipients out of 257 total nominees from across British Columbia.
Dr. Henry has been recognized as leading BC’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“As representative of the Crown in British Columbia and as Chancellor of the Order of British Columbia, I am delighted to welcome 16 new members to the order,” says Lt. Gov. Janet Austin, chancellor of the order. “Their extraordinary leadership has been a source of strength for communities across the province. In difficult times, they have connected us through art, culture, public service and more. As we move with optimism toward the future, their achievements will be a foundation of success for future generations. It is with great honour I share congratulations to these remarkable individuals.”
In March of 2020, a campaign had been growing for Henry to receive the Order of Canada.
Premier John Horgan said each of this year’s recipients has made “tremendous contributions to their communities.”
Horgan says this year’s recipients were “trailblazers in medicine that carried us through an incredibly difficult pandemic with expertise, grace and of course, kindness.”
The recipients of this year’s Order of BC are the following:
- Chief Joe Alphonse of Tsilhqot’in Nation
- Joe Average, MGC, of Vancouver
- Brenda Baptiste of Osoyoos
- Frances Belzberg, OC, of Vancouver
- Dr. Debra Braithwaite of Victoria
- Ajay Dilawri of Vancouver
- Debra Doucette (Hewson) of the District of North Vancouver
- Dr. Bonnie J. Fraser Henry of Victoria
- Carol A. Lee of Vancouver
- James McEwen, OC, of Vancouver
- Andrew Petter, CM, QC, of Victoria
- Dolph Schluter of Vancouver
- Dr. Poul Sorensen of Vancouver
- Arran and Ratana Stephens of Vancouver
- Marvin Storrow, QC, of Vancouver