Uxbridge resident appointed to Order of Canada

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Editor's note: This story was first published on Dec. 3. This version corrects the name of Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions to BGIS. BGIS is no longer a part of Brookfield.

Uxbridge resident Gordon Hicks has been named one of the 114 new appointees to the Order of Canada, one of Canada's highest civilian honours.

Last Friday, Governor General Julie Payette announced 114 new appointments to the Order, including eight Companions, 21 Officers, one Honorary Member, and 84 Members. Among those Members was Gordon Hicks, co-founder of Cam's Kids Foundation, a locally run non-profit focused on providing support to youth struggling with anxiety. Hicks is also chief executive officer of the global real estate management services company,BGIS.

According to the governor general’s website, Hicks was appointed this honour “For his environmental leadership in the real estate industry, for his mental health advocacy, and for his community engagement.”

Hicks will be entitled to sign the initials ‘CM’ after his name.

Those who have been appointed this honour, are said to “take to heart the motto of the Order: Desiderantes Meliorem Patriam - They desire a better country.”

Others to have been appointed this year include Olympic champion figure skaters Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.

The recipients will be celebrated during a ceremony at a future date, where they will receive the notable snowflake insignia. It is a six point, enamel pin, which they wear to symbolise Canada’s northern heritage and diversity of the Order’s appointees, as no two snowflakes are alike.

Hicks was not available for comment on receipt of the prestigious award by press time Tuesday.

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. More than 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order of Canada.

Justyne Edgell, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Uxbridge Cosmos