News release

Order of Nova Scotia Recipients Announced for 2020

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Six Nova Scotians who have enriched the province in unique ways will have their contributions honoured by being invested into the Order of Nova Scotia.

Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc, Chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia, made the announcement today, Nov. 9.

“On behalf of the Queen and all Nova Scotians, I offer my sincere congratulations to the newest appointees to the Order of Nova Scotia,” said Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc. “These six exemplary Nova Scotians have made significant and meaningful contributions to this province. They are most deserving of this honour that recognizes their achievements and efforts to help others.”

The 2020 recipients of the Order of Nova Scotia are:

  • Linda Best, Wolfville: scientist, researcher, author, farmer, small businessperson, philanthropist
  • Stella Bowles, Bridgewater: student, environmental advocate, public speaker and only the third youth ever to receive the Order of Nova Scotia
  • David Fountain, Halifax: renowned philanthropist, engaged volunteer and board member, investment advisor
  • Natalie MacMaster, Cape Breton native: Gaelic fiddler, award-winning performer and musician
  • Donald Oliver, Pleasant River, Queens Co.: retired senator, lawyer, human rights activist, dedicated community volunteer
  • Shawna Paris-Hoyte, Halifax: lawyer, social worker, social-justice advocate, tireless volunteer

The 2020 recipients will be recognized at the 19th investiture ceremony on Nov. 24 at Pier 21 in Halifax.

Quick Facts:

  • the Order of Nova Scotia is the highest honour of the Province of Nova Scotia, recognizing those who have distinguished themselves in many fields of endeavour and have brought honour and prestige to themselves and their province
  • 105 recipients have been invested into the Order of Nova Scotia since it was established in June 2001
  • recipients from the eligible nominees are recommended by an independent advisory council to the Chancellor of the Order of Nova Scotia

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