The Honourable Gordon Campbell to Receive Canadian Olympic Order

MONTREAL, April 16 /CNW/ - The Canadian Olympic Committee today announced that the Honourable Gordon Campbell, British Columbia's 34th premier, will receive the Canadian Olympic Order at the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony co-presented by Chevrolet, Bell and RBC. The ceremony runs April 23 at Montreal's Bell Centre.

Premier Campbell joins VANOC leaders John Furlong and the late Jack Poole in receiving the Order. Being inducted into the Hall of Fame next Friday are athletes Caroline Brunet, Bruny Surin and Susan Auch, coach Paul Poce and builders Walter Sieber, Peter Lougheed and the late Carol Anne Letheren.

A tireless supporter of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Premier Campbell presented at the winning bid in 2003 and ensured, pre-Games, that Vancouver 2010 would having a lasting impact on communities and athletes through the Legacies Now program. Under his leadership, B.C. was the first province to contribute to Own the Podium. A leader in tackling climate change, he also helped ensure that the 2010 Games would be the most environmentally sustainable in Olympic history. Premier Campbell is a boisterous proponent of the Olympic Movement and can be credited with helping make the Games such a tremendous success.

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For further information: Isabelle Hodge, Manager, Media Relations, Canadian Olympic Committee, Cel. (289) 388-6419, Email: ihodge@olympic.ca