Order of Canada turns 50

Dr. Lalita Malhotra poses beneath her Order of Canada award, holding a book commemorating all Order of Canada recipients. The book was created to mark the 50th anniversary of the prestigious award. (Peter Lozinski/Daily Herald)

While celebrations continue across the nation for the country’s 150th birthday, one decorated local resident wants to remind citizens about the golden anniversary of one of Canada’s highest honours.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Order of Canada.

Since its establishment by the Queen in 1967, the award has been given to more than 6,000 people who have “enriched the lives of others and made a difference to this country,” the award’s website reads.

The award is broken into three levels: Members, for those who have made outstanding contributions at the local or regional level or in a special field; officer, which recognizes national service or achievement; and companion, which recognizes national pre-eminence or international service or achievement.

Dr. Lalita Malhotra, who practices medicine here in Prince Albert, is a member of the Order of Canada. She also recently served as a member of the Order of Canada advisory council.

“It was a great learning experience and a very big honour,” Malhotra said about her time on the advisory board.

“Very few people are lucky enough to be on the advisory board.”

Now, Malhotra is advocating to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Order of Canada, and the book, They Desire a Better Country, released to commemorate the milestone.

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