Initially a member of the Order either was made a Companion (CC, limited to 165 living persons at any given time) or was awarded the Medal of Service. Companions of the Order of Canada honours are awarded for service with the highest degree of merit to Canada and to humanity. Recipients may also be named to the rank of Companion in recognition of extraordinary achievement in their field of endeavour. In 1972 holders of the Medal of Service took the newly created rank of Officer (OC), and a third level, Member (CM), was introduced. Up to 64 appointments can be made to the rank of Officer every year compared with 136 to the rank of Member.
Investitures take place each spring and autumn at the governor general's official residence, Rideau Hall, Ottawa. The order's badge is in the form of a stylized snowflake of 6 points and is worn at the neck by Companions and Officers and on the left breast by Members. Recipients are entitled to have placed after their names the letters representing the category in which each is appointed: CC, OC or CM, and all may wear a small replica of the badge on street clothes. The motto on the awards is Desiderantes meliorem patriam, meaning "they desire a better country."
Author CARL LOCHNAN
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Honours System
This site offers a brief description of the Orders that are part of the Canadian Honours System, including the Order of Canada, the Order of Military Merit, the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, the Royal Victorian Order, the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, and provincial orders. From the website for the Governor General of Canada.
Governor General of Canada
The official website for the Governor General of Canada features biographies of current and former Governors General, a summary of official duties, and more.
Prince Philip receives Order of Canada during Toronto visit
A news story about the Duke of Edinburgh receiving insignias of Companion of the Order of Canada and the Commander of the Order of Military Merit. From thestar.com.