July 15, 2004
Eleven Manitobans to receive
Order of Manitoba
Lieutenant Governor J. Harvard
To Preside over Investiture
Eleven Manitobans will be invested into the Order of Manitoba, the province’s
highest honour, at a special ceremony to be held at 4:00 p.m., today ,
in Room 200 of the Legislative Building.
Lt. Gov. John Harvard, chancellor of the order, will preside over the
investiture of deserving Manitobans who are being recognized for their
individual demonstrated excellence and achievement that has benefited
the social, cultural or economic well-being of the province and its residents.
The members to be invested this year are:
- Mr. Leonard Cariou (New York);
- Sister Theresa Champagne (Thompson);
- Dr. Harvey Chochinov (Winnipeg);
- Dr. Henry Friesen (Winnipeg);
- Ms Virgina Guiang. (Winnipeg);
- The Honourable Benjamin Hewak (Winnipeg);
- Mr. Vern Hildahl (Winnipeg);
- His Worship Samuel Katz (Winnipeg);
- Dr. Arthur Mauro O.C. (Winnipeg);
- Dr. Don Robertson (Norway House); and
- Mr. Val Werier (Winnipeg).
“The Manitobans we are honouring today are truly deserving of this recognition
for their accomplishments and contributions to the province,” said the
lieutenant governor. “Upon investiture, members will receive the insignia
of the order and are entitled to use the initials O.M. after their names
Dr. June James (Winnipeg), who was also recommended to receive the honour,
is unable to attend the July 15 ceremony and will be invested at a later
Appointments are made by the chancellor on the recommendation of a seven-member
advisory council. Individuals who are currently members of the Manitoba
Legislative Assembly, House of Commons, Senate or judiciary are not eligible
for membership while they hold office.
Leonard Joseph Cariou
Len Cariou has demonstrated excellence and achievement in the visual
and performing arts field. His first professional appearance as an actor
was at Winnipeg's Rainbow Stage in the 1960 production of "Damn
Yankees". He went on to perform for several years at the Manitoba
Theatre Centre and from there launched a very extensive acting career
at Ontario's Stratford Theatre, the Guthrie in Minneapolis and on
Broadway where he stared in two award winning musicals and earned best
actor nominations. He returned to Winnipeg and became artistic director
of the Manitoba Theatre Centre for the 1975/76 season.
Over the years, he has performed in many parts of the world and in many
different theatres, movies and television. He has won many awards for
his work. He is credited as being one of North America's finest classical
He has benefited Manitoba through his outstanding talent and his ongoing
commitment to Manitoba and to the arts community in particular.
He is honorary chair of the MTC Endowment Fund.
He played a victim of Alzheimer's and donated his services, raising
millions for Alzheimer research. The Winnipeg Chapter of the Alzheimer
foundation benefited from a special gala screening of the film.
Sister Thérèse Champagne
At age 20, Thérèsa Champagne entered the Congregation of the Missionary
Oblate Sisters whose mandate it is to tend to the needs of the poor and
make bilingual and religious education a priority. Sister Champagne taught
for more than 34 years in public, private and residential schools through
the Prairie Provinces.
Northern Manitoba needed someone to serve as a pastoral minister to the
Cree, Métis and white population living in outlying communities of the
Keewatin-LePas Archdiocese. She travels between the communities of Thompson,
Thicket Portage and Wabowden ministering to the needs of the community.
Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov
Dr. Harvey Max Chochinov has devoted the past decade to palliative care
research. His program of research has explored various psychosocial issues
in the end of life care. Because of his work, more is known about the
prevalence of depression in patients nearing death, and health care providers
are better able to detect and treat clinical depression in the terminally
ill. His studies on "Desire for Death" (published in the American
Journal of Psychiatry) and "Will to Live" (published in The
Lancet). The work on depression and suicidal thinking in patients receiving
palliative care is bed rock in any consideration of legalizing assisted
suicide. This work persuaded the Special Senate Committee, to support
improved end-of-life care for all Canadians. His work on dignity is ground
breaking. Chochinov and colleagues have brought light, clarity and relevance
to this important concept.
Dr. Chochinov's work has been widely recognized and he has been the
recipient of several awards and honors. He has been a lecturer and invited
scholar to most academic institutions across North America and abroad.
He has been a Medical Research Council of Canada Scientist, and a Canadian
Institute of Health Research Investigator. He is the recipient of this
country's only Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care, and with
recent funding has established one of Canada's only palliative care
research units designated to study psychosocial issues as they pertain
to end of life care. He has spearheaded the development and launch of
the Canadian Virtual Hospice, an interactive network for patients, families
and health care providers, dealing with life-threatening illness and loss.
Dr. Henry G. Friesen, C.C., F.R.S.C.
Dr. Friesen is a highly qualified doctor who received his MD degree in
1958 from the University of Manitoba and was trained as an endocrinologist
at the New England Medical Center in Boston. His research work on growth
hormones at McGill University resulted in the therapy of growth hormone
in dwarf children, which treatment is now being used all over the world.
Among in his peers, he is considered a “living legend" in the field
of endocrinology due to his research into the isolation and purification
of human prolactin, which stimulated numerous investigators to study the
characteristics and mechanisms of action of this hormone. His research
showed that an excessive amount of circulating prolactin was responsible
for infertility in women. This laid the foundation for the development
of a highly effective drug "Bromocriptine" for the treatment
of infertility. He is the author of more than 460 publications in the
field of endocrinology.
He serves as President of the Medical Research Council and was a prime
moving force for starting the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
He is the Founding Chair of Genome Canada and has served as President
of several other national organizations.
Virginia Guiang immigrated to Winnipeg in 1969 from the Philippines.
A teacher by profession she has volunteered and contributed to her community
in the following ways:
A founding member of the Cosmopolitan Group of Winnipeg, she served as
president of the Philippine Association of Winnipeg (1988-91) and, cultural
director of the Philippine Folk Dance Ensemble (1970-78). She is a founder
and adviser of the Filipino Domestic Workers Assoc. of Manitoba and a
founding member of the Coalition of Filipino-Canadians on Violence Prevention,
1995. Serving as a member of the Mayor’s Race Relations Committee (1986-1990),
she is also a tireless supporter of the Manitoba Women’s Advisory Council,
Multicultural Grants Advisory Council and the Board of Directors of St.
Boniface Hospital Research Foundation.
She initiated and played a role in the acquisition of the new Philippine
Cultural Centre, where she introduced and teaches citizenship classes,
English as a Second Language, organized an annual event for Filipino Seniors,
and teaches the Pilipino language at the Centre.
She has successfully organized and run a campaign for clemency on behalf
of a Filipino domestic worker sentenced to die in the United Arab Emirates
as well as prayer vigil's for others in need.
The Honourable Benjamin Hewak
The Honourable Benjamin Hewak is a former Chief Justice of the Court
of Queen's Bench of Manitoba, having served in that capacity for 17
years. Prior to that, he served as a Judge in both the County Court of
Winnipeg and the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba. He is the first
person of Ukrainian descent to have held the position of Chief Justice
of the Court of Queen's Bench in Manitoba. Under his term as Chief
Justice, he brought significant changes and improvements. It has been
said of that that "he has changed the face of the court system in
this Province and changed and improved the system of justice in Manitoba."
He has served his community in the following ways: former Alderman of
the City of West Kildonan; former President of the Ukrainian National
Youth Federation; former Chairman and Member of the Board of Directors
of Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble; former President and Member of Hoosli
Ukrainian Male Chorus; former Chairman of the Seven Oaks Hospital Foundation;
former Member of the Holy Family Nursing Home Advisory Board; former Member
of St. Andrews College Advisory Board; former Member of Board of Directors
of the Ukrainian Cultural Centre (Oseredok) and Member of the Canadian
He is a recipient of a Honourary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University
of Manitoba and was inducted into the Hall of Distinction of Canada's
National Ukrainian Festival
Vern Hildahl served in the armed forces during World War II. He coached
and managed many community sports teams, was a founder of the Harrow Recreation
Centre, the first president of the Harrow School Parents Association,
a Boy Scout Leader and active on the executive of his church.
In 1945 he joined the Canadian Forestry Service. In a career that spanned
35 years with the federal government and 10 years in a shared position
with the Manitoba government and City of Winnipeg, Vern conducted research
and contributed scientific papers on Forest Tent Caterpillar, Cankerous
and Spruce Bud Worm infestations. It was his contribution to the understanding
of Dutch elm disease that earned him international recognition.
During the 1950's, Eastern Canada and the U.S. saw its American Elms
obliterated by Dutch elm disease. Vern Hildahl extensively researched
the outbreak of the disease and became convinced the Native Elm Bark Beetle,
an insect that had been here long before the outbreak of Dutch Elm Disease
was responsible. Scientists from all over North America and Europe were
coming to Winnipeg to hear Vern Hildahl lecture on the subject.
He convinced local authorities to commit funds to his program to control
the disease by an aggressive sanitation program which involved pruning
dead branches from trees, removing dead trees and properly disposing of
elm wood. Cities like Winnipeg, Chicago, and Syracuse implemented his
program, the loss of elms was around 2% per year, compared to 95% loss
in other communities who did not implement his program.
Dr. June Marion James
Dr. James was the first black woman accepted into the Faculty of Medicine
at the University of Manitoba and is currently an Assistant Professor,
Faculty of Medicine, University of Manitoba
She was elected to Executive Council at Winnipeg Clinic, Chairperson of
the Ethics Committee and Chairperson of the Building and Properties Committee.
She is a member of the board for the Winnipeg Foundation and the Harambee
Housing Co-op. A charter member of the Congress of Black Women since 1981,
she also serves various other board activities including St. Johns Ravenscourt,
Manitoba Museum and the Community Legal Education Association
Samuel M. Katz
Born in Israel, Sam Katz moved to Winnipeg in 1951. He is president and
owner of the Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club. He is credited with the
construction of Winnipeg's ballpark, CanWest Global Park, home of
the Winnipeg Goldeyes Baseball Club. Mr. Katz has made CanWest Global
Park "fan friendly", encouraging family attendance. The architecture
of the park has included not only a park-like setting but also a view
of Winnipeg's skyline, reflecting his concern for the enhancement
and beautification of the city. Sam Katz is the founder of the Winnipeg
Goldeyes Field of Dreams Foundation which has donated over $150,000 to
charities and non-profit organizations.
Other interests have included President and CEO of Showtime Productions,
co-founder Walker Theatre Performing Arts Group, and CEO of Nite Out Entertainment.
Other business interests include Lemax Manufacturing, Rumor's Comedy
Club, Grapes Restaurant, Green Gates Restaurant and Pasta la Vista.
He is listed in "Manitoba 125 - A History, Volume 3 Decades of Diversity"
as one of history's 125 most influential Manitobans.
Arthur V. Mauro, O.C., Q.C., K.S.G., LL.D.
In private enterprise and in voluntary service, Arthur Mauro has contributed
to the economic, civic and cultural life of Manitoba. His contributions
span the law, higher education, charities, health services, advanced research,
national and provincial aspects of public policy sport, aboriginal affairs,
community development, business development, the fine arts, and national
As a lawyer, he is a leading expert in the field of transportation, especially
as it relates to the North, and he is counsel to Manitoba's largest
law firm, Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson. He was the CEO of Investors
Group and a director of a number of Canada's major businesses. As
an educator, he has been a lecturer and Chancellor of the University of
The son of Italian immigrants, he has served as Honourary Vice Consul
His community service record includes serving as: chair of Winnipeg Community
Chest, chair of St. Paul's College Board of Directors, chair Winnipeg
Art Gallery Foundation Inc., chair Province of Manitoba Skills Training
Advisory Committee, chair 1991 Grey Cup Festival Committee, hair of the
Board of St. Boniface Hospital, chair Winnipeg Jets Steering Committee,
chair of Negotiations on Internal Trade, chair The Catholic Foundation
of Manitoba, deputy chair of St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation,
president of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, director of North Portage Development
Corporation, director Canadian Council of Christians and Jews, member
- Dorais Charities Inc., member - The Canadian Institute for Advanced
Research, director - Business Council of Manitoba, member - The Council
for Canadian Unity, member - Winnipeg Millennium Council.
Don Robertson, a Cree from Norway House became an ordained United Church
Minister and dedicated his life to the welfare of his people. He has been
particularly committed to education. Prior to his work in the field of
post-secondary education, Dr. Robertson served in pastorates in Melita
and Russell, Manitoba.
At Brandon University, he was the director of the Indian-Metis Project
for Action in Careers through Teacher Education, and the Director of the
Brandon University Northern Teacher Education Program, sometimes called
BUNTEP. At Red River College, Dr. Robertson served as the Dean of Aboriginal
Education and Institutional Diversity.
He has served as the Superintendent of the Manitoba Indian Education
Association and the Director of Education for the Island Lake Tribal Council.
Prior to his retirement in 2002, he served as the Executive Director of
the First Nations Education Resource Centre for two years. In 1999 Dr.
Robertson was named Chair of the Council on Post-Secondary Education (COPSE)
and has served with great distinction.
Val Werier, C.M.
Val Werier was born and raised in Winnipeg. He served as a navigator
in the RCAF in Bomber Command in the Second World War, completing a tour
of operations overseas with the rank of flying officer. After the war,
he joined the Winnipeg Tribune as a reporter. In turn, he became city
editor, news editor, associate editor and columnist. When the Tribune
folded he became a columnist with the Winnipeg Free Press, a position
he still holds.
He has written extensively on heritage and the natural and physical environment,
long before they became popular causes. He has received many national
His writings have had a profound impact on the community, resulting in
social and environmental changes in Manitoba. With a deep affection for
the province, he has championed the protection of Lake Winnipeg, as well
as Manitoba's parks and waterways. He has written about the vulnerable
in society over his 55 year career.