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Global BC icon Deb Hope appointed to the Order of Canada

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Former Global BC anchor and reporter Deborra Hope is being inducted into the Order of Canada for her work as a journalist and her "tireless" volunteer activity. Deb retired early from Global News in 2014 and her family revealed in 2020 that she lives with Alzheimer's in a nursing home. Squire Barnes has more. – Jun 29, 2022

A well-known face at Global BC is now being adorned with a new honour.

Former anchor and reporter Deb Hope has been appointed to the Order of Canada.

She is one of four Companions, 14 Officers and 71 Members appointed to the order this year.

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From the archive: A look back at Deb Hope’s broadcasting career – Oct 6, 2020

Hope was appointed “for her contributions to Canadian journalism as a reporter and anchor, and for her tireless involvement as a volunteer.”

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The Order of Canada is awarded to people who “make extraordinary contributions to the nation” according to the Office of the Governor-General.

It was created in 1967 and more than 7,600 people have now been invested into the Order.

Read more: Sandra Oh, Donovan Bailey among dozens appointed to Order of Canada

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Deb Hope’s family share her heartbreaking journey with Alzheimer’s disease – Oct 8, 2020

In October 2020, Hope’s family revealed she has been battling Alzheimer’s.

She now lives in a nursing home and doesn’t recognize any of her family members.

Read more: A Global BC icon: Deb Hope’s ‘heartbreaking journey’ with Alzheimer’s disease

Hope grew up in Trail, B.C., and went to the University of British Columbia where she began to immerse herself in journalism at the campus radio station.

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Her early plans to become a lawyer were abandoned because she thought journalism would be more fun.

For two generations, Hope was one of the most iconic faces in B.C.

She read the news at noon, 5 p.m., and, eventually, BCTV’s top-rated flagship 6 p.m. broadcast, usually alongside Tony Parsons.

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From the archive: 10 questions with Deb Hope – Oct 7, 2020

Hope’s tireless work for charities will also be forever remembered.

Deb served as the face of Variety Club for BCTV for more than 20 years, and worked for the Courage To Come Back group and the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation.

For information and support about Alzheimer’s, call the First Link Dementia Helpline at 1-800-936-6033.

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