OTTAWA — Julie Payette, governor general of Canada, invested one companion, two officers and 37 members into the Order of Canada on March 14 at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.
Joseph and Wolf Lebovic of Aurora, Ont. were among this year’s recipients for being drivers of economic growth and community development in the Toronto area for over 60 years. Since surviving the holocaust and arriving in Canada, these brothers have built homes together, gradually expanding their operations to include highrises, condominiums and commercial and industrial buildings, indicates a release. Known for their philanthropy, they have made donations to Mount Sinai Hospital and to the establishment of a thriving Jewish community centre in York Region.
Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation and is one of the country’s highest civilian honours. Close to 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order, states the release, adding those who bear the Order’s iconic snowflake insignia have helped build a better Canada.