BC Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has reportedly been nominated for the Order of Canada in recognition of her leadership during the COVID-19 crisis.
Daryl Hatton, a member of the Facebook group Dr. Bonnie Henry Fan Club, told Daily Hive that when he filled out a nomination for her, a representative from the Office of the Governor General said they already had a file open for Henry.
Daily Hive has reached out to the Governor General’s press office for confirmation.
“She feels human. You feel like you could go out for coffee with her. And yet, she’s doing this extraordinary stuff,” Hatton told Daily Hive in a phone interview.
Hatton originally suggested nominating Henry for the award on April 4. He believes her knowledge, empathy, and transparency make people trust her to guide the province through the pandemic.
“She is a regular Canadian. She’s just like all of us. But doing an outstanding job in tough circumstances,” Hatton said. “We need great examples of Canadians doing what we do, because we don’t give ourselves enough credit.”
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The Order of Canada nomination tells nominators at the end not to let the person or others know their name has been put forward, Hatton said. But people had already been discussing it on social media, so the “horse was out of the barn,” he said.
He hopes the confidentiality breach won’t affect Henry’s shots at getting the award.
Order of Canada recipients are typically announced twice a year on January 1 and Canada Day (July 1).
Here’s Hatton’s post explaining why he thinks Henry is a true Canadian hero: