On December 30, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, governor general of Canada, appointed 61 new recipients of the Order of Canada, of which 12 come from Quebec.

Such recipients were recognized for their contributions to Canada.

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The Order of Canada is how our country honours people who make extraordinary contributions to the nation.

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Among the list is Geoffrey Molson, owner of the Montreal Canadiens, who was appointed a member "For his entrepreneurial leadership and for his philanthropic contributions, notably through the family's foundation and other local organizations."

Another recipient is Ginette Noiseux, current artistic director of Théâtre ESPACE GO, "For her leading expertise in stage direction and costume design, and for her dedicated efforts to showcase emerging Canadian talent."

Other Quebecers include Geoffrey's brother, Andrew, chairman of AVENIR GLOBAL, Yanick Villedieu, a science journalist, and Carolle Brabant, executive director at Telefilm.

The Order of Canada was created by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. According to the release, it is "the cornerstone of the Canadian Honours System, and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation."

The motto of the award is DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM, which translates to "They desire a better country." To date, over 7,000 Canadians have been awarded this incredible honour for their work in bettering Canadian society.

Recipients will be invited to a ceremony at a later date, when it is safe to do so, where they will receive their official insignia.

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