OTTAWA, June 23, 2012 /CNW/ - His Excellency the Right Honourable David
Johnston, Governor General of Canada, was invested today, Saturday,
June 23, 2012, as a Knight of Justice in the Most Venerable Order of
the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem and installed as the Prior of the
Priory of Canada, in the prestigious Senate Chamber of Canada's
Parliamentary precinct. Among the eminent guests attending the ceremony
at the Senate Chamber was the Lord Prior of the Order, Professor
Anthony Mellows, OBE, TD.
In addition to the installation of His Excellency the Governor General,
during the same ceremony, the Chancellor of the Priory of Canada, F.
Richard Bruce, MOM, was promoted as Bailiff Grand Cross, in recognition
of his outstanding service to St. John. Mr. Bruce is currently the
third living Canadian to hold the highest level of the Most Venerable
Order. During the ceremony, His Excellency the Governor General
presented eight Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals to deserving
St. John volunteers, representing the diversity of the membership of
St. John across Canada.
Mairi Arthur, the current Deputy Chancellor, was installed as the first
female Chancellor of the Order. Ms. Arthur will take office
officially on June 24. This marks a first for the Order, not just in
Canada, but in the world.
From time to time, the Order recognizes the dedication of ordinary
citizens rendering extraordinary services to humanity. During this
investiture, Michael Henry and Kirk Laroque, both from the Anishinabe
First Nation in Manitoba, were awarded the Gold Life Saving Medal of
the Order, for "performing conspicuous acts of bravery". The Gold Medal
is the highest bravery award given by the Order of St. John to those
people who "when performing that act, have endangered their own lives
Prior to the investiture ceremony, a Service of Remembrance ceremony was
held at the National War Memorial. During this ceremony, several
dignitaries, including the Lord Prior, senior officers of the
Government of Canada and the Canadian Forces as well as members of the
resident diplomatic corps, and many St John volunteers, honoured the
service of St. John Canada volunteers from 1914 onwards.
Established in 1888 by Queen Victoria, the Order of St. John was
incorporated into the Canadian Honours system in 1990. In addition to
this Order, the Honours system includes the Order of Merit, the Order
of Canada, the Order of Military Merit, the Order of Merit of the
Police Forces, and the Royal Victorian Order.
SOURCE ST.JOHN AMBULANCE - NATIONAL OFFICE
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