This year, two well-known contributors to youngCanLit were honoured with appointments to the Order of Canada as Members of the Order of Canada, recognized as making outstanding contributions at the local or regional level or in a special field of activity. I have the pleasure of recognizing these newest Members of the Order of Canada, as designated by the post-nominal C.M., here with the accompanying citations :
Brenda Clark, C.M.
Port Hope, Ontario
For her contributions as an illustrator, notably as the artist behind Franklin the Turtle, and for her support of literacy.
Eric Robert Walters, C.M.
For his contributions as an author of literature for children and young adults whose stories help young readers grapple with complex social issues.
Congratulations to Brenda Clark and Eric Walters on this outstanding recognition.