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Toronto Star  - Nov. 17 / 05 - CANADIAN PRESS

Order of Canada welcomes Twain

[ Under picture of Shania Twain. ] PETER MORGAN/AP PHOTO
Windsor-born Shania Twain, who now rules the world of country music, will be presented with the Order of Canada.

TIMMINS—Shania Twain will receive this country's highest honour for lifetime achievement when she is invested as an officer of the Order of Canada during a ceremony in Ottawa tomorrow.

Twain, who was in New York earlier this week to be a presenter at the Country Music Awards when the announcement was made, will be one of 43 people to be honoured by Governor General Michaëlle Jean.

The investiture will be the first that Jean has presided over since she began her mandate.

The announcement from the Governor General's office says Twain's "rags-to-riches story ... has become legendary.

"Today, she enjoys enormous success, yet she remains true to her roots. Dedicated to eliminating child hunger, she supports a number of food distribution agencies like food banks and breakfast programs in schools.

"From small-town Ontario to the pinnacle of the entertainment industry, her journey has inspired countless other emerging musicians."

Other notable Canadians being honoured are speedskater Catriona Le May Doan, former British Columbia premier David Barrett and actress Rita Lafontaine.

Ontario recipients who will be there include: Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion, Hilary M. Weston, James Kudelka, Elizabeth May, Ronald R. Tasker, Allan Ian Carswell, Father Thomas McKillop, Paul Michel Bosc, Denzil Doyle, Gerald L. Freed, Robert Edgar Hulse, A. Edward Safarian, Arthur R.A. Scace, Reverend Gordon Winch and Thomas George Zuber.

Of the 43 inductees, 18 will be invested as officers and 25 as members.

The Order of Canada, established in 1967, recognizes people who have made a difference to Canada. Three levels of membership honour people whose accomplishments vary.

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