EDMONTON – Three Edmontonians will be given Canada’s highest civilian honour on Wednesday at Rideau Hall.
Baha Abu-Laban, Clare Drake and Elexis Schloss will be invested as Members to the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston, along with 33 others.
Baha Abu-Laban is a Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Alberta and founding director of the Prairie Metropolis Centre for Centre for Research on Immigration, Integration and Diversity. His work supported the transition and integration of immigrants.
Clare Drake was the head coach for the University of Alberta Golden Bears men’s ice hockey team for 28 years. Drake has more wins than any other coach in Canadian Interuniversity Sport men’s hockey history. He’s also known for sharing his strategies with his rivals and developing a national coaching certification program.
Elexis Schloss is an active philanthropist and volunteer in Edmonton and a founder of Compassion House, a housing and support program in Northern Alberta for women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. She has supported initiatives in the arts, athletics and health care, and also worked on behalf of immigrant women, the homeless, Aboriginal peoples and children in Africa living with HIV.
The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to Canada. The award was founded in 1967, Canada’s centennial year.
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