Heritage conservationists earn Order of Canada

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Two cultural heritage conservationists are among 95 new recipients appointed to the Order of Canada.

Just a few months after the National Trust awarded Dr. Christina Cameron with the 2014 Gabrielle Léger Medal for Lifetime Achievement, Cameron is now a member of the Order of Canada, recognized for her role in heritage preservation in Canada and around the world.

Her work with Parks Canada Agency and UNESCO’s World Heritage Convention, along with her work as a university professor at the Université de Montréal, have helped earn her this achievement.

John G. McAvity, executive director of the Canadian Museums Association (CMA), has also  been appointed. A long-time member of the National Trust, McAvity is also a distinguished conservationist, bringing innovation and funding to the museum sector.

A member of the CMA for 33 years, his accomplishments include lobbying for new legislation to benefit exhibitions and the 1991 federal museums policy.

Established in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.

Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a future ceremony.