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Joseph Georges Arsenault, Catherine Callbeck join Order of Canada

Catherine Callbeck from Central Bedeque, P.E.I., left, and Joseph Georges Arsenault of Charlottetown, in photo at right, are congratulated by Gov. Gen. David Johnston as they are each invested as a Member of the Order of Canada. The ceremony took place at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Thursday.
Catherine Callbeck from Central Bedeque, P.E.I., left, and Joseph Georges Arsenault of Charlottetown, in photo at right, are congratulated by Gov. Gen. David Johnston as they are each invested as a Member of the Order of Canada. The ceremony took place at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Thursday.

Former P.E.I. premier, senator, joins advocate for Acadian community in Ottawa this week

OTTAWA, ONT. – Former P.E.I. premier, senator, joins advocate for Acadian community in Ottawa this week

A former P.E.I. premier, who also served as a senator, along with an advocate for the province’s Acadian community were two of the 42 recipients invested into the Order of Canada this week.

Catherine Callbeck and Joseph Georges Arsenault were both honoured for their accomplishments during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Thursday.

Gov. Gen. David Johnston presided over the ceremony.

A statement from Rideau Hall said Callbeck was honoured for her contributions to the country as a business and community leader.

Over her 30-year career, she served in both the provincial and federal legislatures as well as the Senate.

Callbeck also made Canadian history in 1993 when she became the first woman elected as a provincial premier.

“This passionate champion of the citizens of P.E.I. has many hallmarks to her distinguished public service, notably her commitment to education and economic development,” said the statement. “She has been involved with many organizations and is a mentor and advocate for women in public life and business.”

Arsenault has been an advocate for P.E.I.’s Acadian community as a teacher, writer, historian and folklorist.

A statement from Rideau Hall said his involvement in numerous cultural associations and institutions has helped ensure the Acadian legacy will be passed down for generations.

“This versatile man has put his many talents to use in researching, conserving and promoting Acadian culture,” said the statement. “Thanks to his efforts, the Island’s Acadian heritage has been rediscovered and is now a vibrant, dynamic part of the Island’s cultural life.”

The ceremony saw a total of 29 new members invested into the Order of Canada.

There was also one companion and 12 officers invested during the ceremony.

The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievements, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

Since its creation, more than 6,000 Canadians from all sectors of society have been invested into the order.

OTTAWA, ONT. – Former P.E.I. premier, senator, joins advocate for Acadian community in Ottawa this week

A former P.E.I. premier, who also served as a senator, along with an advocate for the province’s Acadian community were two of the 42 recipients invested into the Order of Canada this week.

Catherine Callbeck and Joseph Georges Arsenault were both honoured for their accomplishments during a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on Thursday.

Gov. Gen. David Johnston presided over the ceremony.

A statement from Rideau Hall said Callbeck was honoured for her contributions to the country as a business and community leader.

Over her 30-year career, she served in both the provincial and federal legislatures as well as the Senate.

Callbeck also made Canadian history in 1993 when she became the first woman elected as a provincial premier.

“This passionate champion of the citizens of P.E.I. has many hallmarks to her distinguished public service, notably her commitment to education and economic development,” said the statement. “She has been involved with many organizations and is a mentor and advocate for women in public life and business.”

Arsenault has been an advocate for P.E.I.’s Acadian community as a teacher, writer, historian and folklorist.

A statement from Rideau Hall said his involvement in numerous cultural associations and institutions has helped ensure the Acadian legacy will be passed down for generations.

“This versatile man has put his many talents to use in researching, conserving and promoting Acadian culture,” said the statement. “Thanks to his efforts, the Island’s Acadian heritage has been rediscovered and is now a vibrant, dynamic part of the Island’s cultural life.”

The ceremony saw a total of 29 new members invested into the Order of Canada.

There was also one companion and 12 officers invested during the ceremony.

The Order of Canada was created in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievements, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

Since its creation, more than 6,000 Canadians from all sectors of society have been invested into the order.

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