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The highest honour in the province, The Order of Manitoba, will be handed to 12 individuals in July.

The Order of Manitoba was established in 1999. It was created to recognize Manitobans who have enriched the social, cultural, or economic well-being of our province.

"The accomplishments of the five women and seven men who will receive the 2018 Order of Manitoba exemplifies their passionate commitment to the community at the local, national, and international levels," said Lieutenant-Governor Janice C. Filmon in a statement Saturday.

The winners of the 2018 Order of Manitoba include:

  • Dr. David Barnard - president and vice-chancellor of the University of Manitoba. Dr. Barnard has worked with Indigenous achievement, enhanced research facilities, and graduate student support.
  • Mr. Michael P. B. Belhumeur - Metis elder and military veteran. Mr. Belhumeur co-founded The Urban Knights and Ladies Volunteer Veterans Ambassadors Peace Patrol of Manitoba.
  • Ms. Jacqueline Blay - award-winning francophone historian. Ms. Blay's writings have helped preserve their language and culture.
  • Ms. Barbara Bruce - Metis citizen. Has worked with and for the Metis nation and First Nations communities and organizations at a local, regional, and national level.
  • Dr. Sara J. Israels - pediatric hematologist/oncologist. Dr. Israels is known worldwide for her work with cancer and bleeding disorders in children and teenagers.
  • Mr. Robert T. Kristjanson - commercial fisher in Gimli. Mr. Kristjanson increased public awareness of the algae problem on Lake Winnipeg.
  • Mr. William Loewen - business career in computer services and electronic commerce. Mr. Loewen championed community organizations such as the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Manitoba Choral Association, West End Cultural Centre, and more.
  • Ms. Bernice Marmel - champion and advocate for seniors, affordable housing, and low-income Manitobans. Ms. Marmel established a visiting program and phone service at Deer Lodge Hospital.
  • Mr. Robb Nash - musician. Mr. Nash has gone across Canada sharing his story of a near-fatal accident and talks about bullying, addiction, self-harm, and suicide.
  • Mr. Ken Opaleke - executive director of West Broadway Youth Outreach. Mr. Opaleke has spent 27 years empowering disadvantaged youth.
  • Dr. Grant N. Pierce - medical researcher. Dr. Pierce's research in cardiovascular medicene has brought scientific acclaim to Manitoba.
  • Dr. Cheryl Rockman-Greenberg - physician and researcher. Dr. Rockman-Greenberg is known for her leadership in pediatric health as well as her expertise in rare metabolic disorders and genetic diseases.

  • Along with having their names put on permanent display in the Legislative Building, each recipient will be entitled to use the initials O.M. after their names for life.

The official ceremony will be held on Thursday, July 12 at the Manitoba Legislative Building.