December 29, 2017 9:51 pm
Updated: December 30, 2017 12:09 pm

Actor William Shatner and director Denis Villeneuve among celebrity appointments to Order of Canada

William Shatner performs during his one-man show, "Shatner's World: We Just Live In It" at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino on June 19, 2014.

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Editor’s note: This article previously incorrectly stated the Order of Canada started in 1997. In fact it was started in 1967. Global News regrets the error. 

125 people were recently appointed to the Order of Canada and a handful of familiar Hollywood faces made the list.

“Star Trek” icon William Shatner and “Blade Runner 2049” director Dennis Villeneuve were among those appointed by Canada’s new Governor General Julie Payette.

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Shatner, 86, was included not only for his work on the screen, but also for his charity work “related to health care, the environment and the well-being of children” — per the CBC.

Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden will be made a Member of the Order for her work “as a singer-songwriter and broadcaster, and for her extensive charitable work.”

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Almost 7,000 people have inducted into the Order of Canada since its inception in 1967. Other notable inductees this year include:

  • Artist Ken Lum
  • Author, editor and translator Alberto Manguel
  • Catholic priest Father John Walsh
  • Journalist and documentary filmmaker Sally Armstrong
  • Writer Lee Maracle
  • Mitel and Newbridge Networks founder Terry Matthews
  • Banking executive Rose Patten
  • Deceased billionaire  Barry Sherman
  • Swimmer and Paralympian Stephanie Dixon
  • Sports journalist Red Fisher
  • Sports medicine pioneer Dr. Peter Fowler
  • Former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell
  • Former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Louis LeBel
  • Community activist Josie Hill
  • Inuit artist Andrew Qappik
  • Sports executive and lawyer Dale H. Lastman

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