Joni Mitchell (famous Canadian singer-singwriter) was made a companion of the Order of Canada this past Saturday. Joining her in receiving the nation's highest civilian honour was Martin L. Friedland, a retired University of Toronto law professor, who received a promotion within the order.
"From Yorkville coffeehouses to international stages and on to gold albums, Junos, Grammys and Hall of Fame inductions, she has engaged and inspired audiences and musicians for some 40 years," said a statement about Joni Mitchell released by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson's office.
Seventeen people were named officers of the Order of Canada including Daniel Berthier from the famous Cirque du Soleil. Joni Mitchell and other persons were invested at Rideau Hall, the Governor General's official residence in Ottawa.
The Order of Canada recognizes people who have made a difference to Canada. From local citizens to national and international personalities, all Canadians are eligible for the Order of Canada -- the country's highest honour for lifetime achievement. Three different levels of membership honour people whose accomplishments vary in degree and scope: Member, Officer and Companion. Since 1967, more than 4,000 people have received the Order of Canada. In the artistry field, Bryan Adams, Leonard Cohen, Celine Dion, Anne Murray are Order of Canada members.
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