10 Nova Scotians to Be Awarded First Order of Nova Scotia

Premier's Office

September 12, 2002 2:59 PM

Premier John Hamm today announced the inaugural recipients of the
Order of Nova Scotia.

"These Nova Scotians have been selected because of their
outstanding contributions and for bringing honour and prestige
to our province," said Premier Hamm. "The Order of Nova Scotia
is the highest honour we can bestow upon them."

For 2002, the recipients are:

-- Carrie M. Best, New Glasgow, was a pioneer in the fight for
racial equality in Nova Scotia. She promoted interracial
understanding and goodwill as a journalist and broadcaster. Dr.
Best died on July 24, 2001.

-- John Harry Boudreau, Petit de Grat, is the son of a fisherman,
a dedicated teacher, an ardent sportsman and a tireless
volunteer. It is in large part through his efforts that Isle
Madame was saved from economic disaster when the collapse of the
ground fishery occurred.

-- Shirley R. Chernin, Sydney, led the Citizens Service League in
Glace Bay for 30 years. The organization provides over a dozen
direct services through the work of more than 250 volunteers,
making volunteerism a worthy profession.

-- Lorne O. Clarke, Halifax, was chief justice of Nova Scotia,
working for better public understanding of the courts. As chair
of the Swissair Flight 111 Memorial Secretariat, he helped create
a fitting and dignified monument to that tragedy.

-- Edith H. Cromwell, Inglewood, Annapolis County, was the first
member of her African-Nova Scotian community to graduate from
high school, among the first Black graduates of the Nova Scotia
Teachers College and a teacher who taught racial tolerance and
encouraged young people to pursue their dreams.

-- Marie Beatrice Elwood, Tantallon, is a creative and
imaginative teacher, an expert on ceramics, and chief curator of
history for the Nova Scotia Museum. She has provided Nova
Scotians with a better understanding and appreciation of our
cultural history.

-- James Albert Kehoe, Sydney, is a carpenter by trade. Owner and
operator of one of the most successful construction companies in
the province, he demonstrates his faith in Cape Breton by
investing in struggling companies to give them the capital they
need to survive and create employment.

-- Anne Murray, Toronto, is an internationally acclaimed
recording artist and an outstanding ambassador for Nova Scotia
who takes a personal interest in the centre that bears her name
and that brings thousands of visitors to her hometown of
Springhill.

-- Daniel N. Paul, Halifax, is a former executive director of the
Confederacy of Mainland Micmacs. He is a passionate writer who
gives a voice to his people by revealing a past that the standard
histories have chosen to ignore.

-- John Patrick Savage, Dartmouth, is a family physician, former
mayor of Dartmouth and premier of this province. He established
medical and social programs and services in under-serviced areas
of Nova Scotia and later became actively involved in developing
countries.

These recipients have been selected by the Order of Nova Scotia
advisory council from over 200 nominations submitted from across
the province. They will be recognized at an investiture ceremony
in Halifax on Oct. 2.

The Order of Nova Scotia was established in June 2001 and
recipients have the right to use the initials ONS after their
names. Ten people have been selected as inaugural recipients,
although no more than five people will be selected in the
following years.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     Premier John Hamm today announced the first recipients of

the Order of Nova Scotia.

     Ten people were selected from over 200 nominations submitted

from across the province and will be recognized next month at a

ceremony in Halifax.

     Premier Hamm said these citizens were selected because of

their outstanding contributions and for bringing honour and

prestige to Nova Scotia.

     The Order of Nova Scotia was established in June 2001 and is

the highest honour the province can bestow upon its citizens.

     While 10 people will receive the Order of Nova Scotia medal

this year, no more than five will be selected in the following

years.

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Contact: Carla Grant
         Premier's Office
         902-424-4092
         E-mail: grantc@gov.ns.ca

         Colleen MacDonald
         Protocol Office
         902-424-6740
         E-mail: macdoncm@gov.ns.ca

kjd         September 12, 2002      2:58 P.M.