Henrietta Goplen to receive the Order of Canada at investiture ceremony to be held at the Château Laurier in Ottawa

Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, will preside at an investiture ceremony of the Order of Canada in the ballroom of the Château Laurier in Ottawa on Friday, December 12 at 1:30 p.m.

The Governor General will present 56 Canadians with their insignia of membership. Four Companions, 19 Officers, and 33 Members will be invested. The Governor General is Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order.

Mrs. Goplen, of Saskatoon, Sask., will be invested in the Members category at the investiture ceremony.

Henrietta Goplen has been a mentor to young speed skaters throughout her lifelong involvement in the sport. As a coach at the local, provincial and national levels and as president of the Canadian Amateur Speed Skating Association, she was instrumental in the early development of some of this country's best competitors. A member of the committee that established ParticipAction Canada as a pilot project in Saskatoon, she has promoted the importance of healthy lifestyles through physical activity.

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".

Order of Canada Backgrounder

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 can be nominated for the Order of Canada. The only exceptions are federal and provincial politicians and judges, who cannot be appointed while holding office.