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Officer of the Order of Canada
Johnson Recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Canadian Music
Jazz singer Mollly Johnson will be recognized for her contributions to the music industry in Canada on Friday, Feb. 22, when Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will preside over the 101st investiture ceremony at Ottawa’s Rideau Hall. Singer, songwriter and philanthropist Molly Johnson will be one of the recipients of the prestigious honour, being named an Officer of the Order of Canada.
The Order of Canada, our country’s highest civilian honour, was created in 1967 during Canada’s centennial year to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to community and service to the nation. Over the last 40 years, more than 5,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.
With her artistic vision, generosity of spirit and committed humanitarianism, Molly Johnson engages her fans and her peers. She has one of Canada’s most unmistakable voices and has moved audiences across Canada and Europe with her performances of jazz standards and original pieces. As the co-founder and driving force of the Kumbaya Foundation, she has raised funds and awareness for people living with HIV and AIDS. Always ready to speak out against racism, sexism and intolerance, she has been actively involved with numerous organizations that provide support and services to her fellow Canadians.
The Governor General, who is Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order, will bestow the honour on three companions, 14 officers and 20 members.
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