The province’s best and brightest were recognized by
the Lieutenant Governor June 16. Nine men and women were named
the first members of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The group included several people with close ties to Memorial
Dr. Edward Roberts, as Chancellor of the Order, will formally
induct them into the Order at a ceremony at Government House
in St. John’s this September.
The eight members are: Edgar Baird, Gary Graham, Paul Johnson,
Joanne MacDonald, Susan Patten, Linda Peckford, Henry Shouse
and Dr. Otto Tucker. An advisory council chose them from among
the more than 100 nominations submitted from all regions of
The objective of the Order is to recognize individuals who
have demonstrated excellence and achievement in any field
of endeavour which benefits in an outstanding manner Newfoundland
and Labrador and its residents. Any person or group may nominate
an individual for recognition by the Order. The president
of Memorial sits on the selection committee.
“The Order of Newfoundland and Labrador is the highest
honour in the province,” said Mr. Roberts, “and
I take both joy and pride that these men and women will become
the first members of the Order. Each of them has made an outstanding
contribution to our province, and each of them fully deserves
the recognition. They are symbols of the very best of our
people and our heritage.”
The House of Assembly, in creating the Order, made special
provision for individuals who are not Canadian citizens but
who have demonstrated excellence in their fields of endeavour,
and whose endeavours “have benefited in an outstanding
manner the province and its residents.” Such individuals
may be nominated as honorary members. The advisory council
has nominated Dr. James Tuck to be one. He, too, will be formally
recognized at the September investiture ceremony.
Among his contributions, Gary Graham has served as a volunteer
organist at Memorial’s convocation in Corner Brook.
Often cited as one of the greatest philanthropists that Newfoundland
and Labrador has ever produced, Paul Johnson has made extraordinary
contributions to the historical and cultural heritage of the
province. He is renowned for his Grand Concourse Authority,
a partnership which brought together the resources of the
three levels of government and Memorial University to beautify
the capital region and showcase its spectacular heritage and
natural assets. He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws
degree from Memorial University in 1994.
A well-known educator in Newfoundland and Labrador and graduate
of Memorial University, University of Alberta and University
of Toronto, Dr. Otto Tucker served with the Faculty of Education
at Memorial University until his retirement in 1995. He was
awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Memorial University
Dr. James Tuck is credited with helping to sustain the communities
of today, while delving into the roots of cultures that have
inhabited Newfoundland and Labrador over thousands of years.
As a driving force of the Archaeology Unit of Memorial University,
he has helped shape the careers of many aspiring archaeologists
from all over the globe. In fact, for many individuals in
the field, the name Dr. James Tuck is synonymous with archaeology.
He is also the Henrietta Harvey Chair at Memorial University
Linda Peckford is a student at Grenfell College as well as
a graduate (BA(Ed)’80). Henry James Shouse is also a
graduate of Memorial (BS’82).