Catriona Le May Doan to receive the Order of Canada at investiture ceremony to be held at the Rideau Hall in Ottawa

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will preside at the first investiture ceremony of the Order of Canada of her mandate at Rideau Hall on Friday, November 18, 2005, at 10:00 a.m.

The Governor General, who is Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will present 43 recipients with their insignia of membership. Eighteen Officers and 25 Members will be invested.

Mrs. Le May Doan, of Calgary, Alberta, will be invested in the Officers category at the investiture ceremony.

Known as the “Fastest Woman on Ice”, Catriona Le May Doan is a double gold Olympic medalist and a positive role model for Canadians of all ages. Now retired from competition, she remains a major force in amateur sport, serving as a director of the Canadian Sport Centre in Calgary and the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, among others. Dedicated to mentoring the next generation of athletes, she is equally engaged in voluntary service in the wider community. A director of the Mustard Seed Foundation, Samaritan’s Purse and the Youth in Motion Education Foundation, she is also an active supporter of the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Canada and World Vision Canada.

The Order of Canada recognizes people who have made a difference to our country. From local citizens to national and international personalities, all Canadians are eligible for the Order of Canada, our country's highest honour for lifetime achievement. Three different levels of membership honour people whose accomplishments vary in degree and scope: Companion, Officer and Member.

The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement and service in various fields of human endeavour. Appointments are made on the recommendation of an advisory council, chaired by the Chief Justice of Canada.

The motto of the Order is Desiderantes meliorem patriam – “They desire a better country.”

The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement and service in various fields of human endeavour. It is our country's highest honour for lifetime achievement.

Three different levels of membership—Companion, Officer and Member—honour people whose accomplishments vary in degree and scope.

Appointments are made on the recommendation of an advisory council, chaired by the Chief Justice of Canada. The Governor General is the Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order.

Membership in the Advisory Council reflects the diversity and excellence in Canadian society. Certain Advisory Council members are appointed by virtue of their office; others are appointed to the Council for a fixed term to achieve a balanced representation of the various regions of the country.

Any group or individual is welcome to nominate deserving individuals as candidates for appointment.

Any Canadian may be nominated for the Order of Canada. The only exceptions are federal and provincial politicians and judges, who may not be appointed while holding office.

Non-Canadians may be considered for honorary appointments.

There are no posthumous awards.