Public recognition of an individual’s merit, or his or her contribution to our
society - be it to a community, a province, or Canada - is a cherished Canadian
value. The House of Assembly has established The Order of Newfoundland and
Labrador, and so at long last we can honour contributions to our province and
The Order has been authorized by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen
of Canada. It is part of the Canadian honours system, which includes the Order
of Canada and the Orders established by most of the other provinces, as well as the
awards for gallantry and meritorious service. Its object is “to recognize individuals
who have demonstrated excellence and achievement in any field of endeavor
benefiting in an outstanding manner the province and its residents”, to use the
words of the Act passed by the House of Assembly. It will be the highest honour
that can be conferred by the people of Newfoundland and Labrador upon one of
The Lieutenant Governor is Chancellor of The Order of Newfoundland and
Labrador, just as the Governor General is Chancellor of The Order of Canada.
I hold it a great privilege to be the Lieutenant Governor who will induct the first
Members of the Order. These men and women will be chosen by the Advisory
Council, led by the Chief Justice of Newfoundland and Labrador and including
the President of Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Clerk of the
Executive Council and four residents of our province. Members will be chosen from
individuals nominated by people and organizations throughout the province.
Each of us can think of men and women who deserve to become Members of the
Order of Newfoundland and Labrador. I hope all of them will be nominated,
so that the Council will be able to select those most deserving of the high honour.
I urge you to send in the names of those whom you consider should become
Members of the Order. They deserve such recognition.
EDWARD ROBERTS, O.N.L., Q.C.
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