Ice dancers Virtue, Moir among 114 Order of Canada inductees

Figure skating stars Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir are among 114 athletes, artists, scholars and community leaders named to the Order of Canada on Friday.

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette’s office announced the new honourees this morning.

Olympic swimmer Mark Tewksbury is also being honoured. The Calgary native captured silver at the 1988 Games in Seoul and hauled in gold and bronze at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. 

“I had no idea when I won the Olympics so many years ago that it was just the beginning of my journey, not the end,” said Tewksbury in a press release from the Canadian Olympic Committee.

“I have never shied away from standing up for what I believe in or for using my voice to speak for those who might not have been able. It is an incredible honour to be appointed Companion of the Order of Canada not just for my sport accomplishments but for my fight for equity, inclusion and human rights for all.”

Moir and Virtue catapulted to national stardom with their gold-medal performances at the Winter Olympics in 2018.

They’re being honoured for their athletic excellence and for inspiring a new generation of figure skaters.

Sandra Kirby of Winnipeg will receive the honour for “her pioneering research on athlete harassment and for her sustained efforts as an advocate for equity, inclusion and safety in sport,” according to the Governor General of Canada website. 

The Order of Canada is one of the country’s highest civilian honours.

Others in the group include Indigenous writer Thomas King, winemaker John Peller, dancer and choreographer Elizabeth Langley, geriatrician Roger Wong, Cree elder Doreen Spence and ex-politicians Bill Graham and Allan Rock.

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