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Order of Canada

M. Joan Chalmers, C.C., O.Ont., D.F.A., A.O.C.A.

Full Name Honour Received Residence
M. Joan Chalmers, C.C., O.Ont., D.F.A., A.O.C.A. C.C. Toronto
Honour Appointment Investiture
Companion of the Order of Canada October 23, 1997 May 7, 1998
Her sustained generosity to arts and culture is legendary. She has supported numerous individuals and groups through a conscious decision to finance the imagination and creativity of artists. Her patronage of the Canadian arts community, particularly during times of decreased funding, has in turn strengthened the national character and inspired others to contribute to the arts sector. Evidence of her ongoing philanthropy is her recent creation and funding of Survivors in Search of a Voice, a travelling exhibit of commissioned works by women artists to raise awareness and funds in the fight against breast cancer. This is a promotion within the Order.
Officer of the Order of Canada April 30, 1992 October 21, 1992
An active patroness of the arts, particularly of the Canadian craft movement and visual arts scene, she has supported various artistic and cultural organizations over the years. She is currently serving in many capacities, including on the Boards of Toronto's Harbourfront Centre, the Glenn Gould Foundation and the M. Joan Chalmers Cultural Centre Foundation in Ottawa. This is a promotion within the Order.
Member of the Order of Canada June 29, 1987 October 28, 1987
This Torontonian has devoted herself to the service of the arts. She has taken an active interest in many cultural organizations and institutions such as the Young People's Theatre, the Canadian Conference of the Arts and the Canadian Crafts Council, serving on the executive and giving considerable financial support to these causes. Many a struggling artist or artists' guild has reason to be grateful for her financing and for her wise and helpful counsel.
 
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