Main photo: Arden McGregor, second from right with members of the Brainworks team, has been appointed to the Order of Ontario (Doppler file photo)
Arden McGregor, owner of Brainworks, is among 47 new appointees for 2019 and 2020 to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour.
“Arden McGregor is a compassionate humanitarian and a recognized leader in the brain injury community. She is known for her career in community-based rehabilitation as well as her extensive efforts in injury prevention, awareness and advocacy. She is dedicated to helping those with serious injuries recover and live better lives,” noted a media release from the province.
“Her mission has been to dispel the myth that quality healthcare is only available in the bigger cities while doing her part to see that quality healthcare through Brainworks is available to all—even those residing in the most remote areas of the province,” said Paula Melless, project manager at Brainworks, via email.
Brainworks has two offices in Huntsville and one in North Bay, and also serves more northern areas of the province like Timmins and Sault Ste Marie.
“As Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, it is with great pride that I congratulate the 2019 and 2020 Order of Ontario appointees,” said Her Honour, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. “The announcement on January 1 is special. New Year’s Day is a day for reflection, rejuvenation, and re-setting of goals and priorities. We have seen the best of Ontarians this year, and many of these new appointees are being honoured for a lifetime of service to this province, laying the groundwork of resilience and community that each one of us was called to act upon in this historic global pandemic. Let these appointees inspire you and encourage you to honour those around you by nominating them to be recognized by the province. We have much to be proud of.”
The Lieutenant Governor will bestow the honour upon the newest appointees during an investiture ceremony at Queen’s Park, at a point in time in the future, when the Chief Medical Officer of Health deems gatherings possible once again in the province. See all of the 2020 appointees here.
Since the Order of Ontario was established in 1986, 798 people have been appointed. Appointments to the Order are made on the recommendation of an independent advisory council based on merit of accomplishments of nominees put forward by the public.
The nomination deadline is March 31 each year. You can nominate a resident or former long-term resident of Ontario for the 2021 Order of Ontario here.
The Order of Ontario honours individuals whose exceptional achievements have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada, and beyond. Members of the Order of Ontario come from all walks of life, represent diverse fields of endeavour, and have played an important role in shaping the province.
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