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.\nSuch recipients were recognized for their contributions to Canada.\nEditor's Choice: 8 Outdoor Things To Do In & Around Montreal Right Now That'll Cure Your Cabin Fever\n\n\n\n“\n\n\nThe Order of Canada is how our country honours people who make extraordinary contributions to the nation.\n\n\nThe official site of The Governor General of Canada\n\n\nAmong 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."\nAnother 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."\nOther Quebecers include Geoffrey's brother, Andrew, chairman of AVENIR GLOBAL, Yanick Villedieu, a science journalist, and Carolle Brabant, executive director at Telefilm.\nThe 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."\nThe 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.\nRecipients will be invited to a ceremony at a later date, when it is safe to do so, where they will receive their official insignia.