The iconic snowflake insignia is awarded to Order of Canada recipients. In the year-end announcement by Governor General Mary Simon, Dr. Eleanor Fish, Janice Fukakusa, Leo Goldhar, Janice O'Born, Barbara Stymiest and Carol Tator were appointed. (Photo: Government of Canada)

An eminent immunologist at Toronto General Hospital Research Institute (TGHRI) and a group of UHN leaders and philanthropists are the latest recipients of one of Canada's highest civilian honours.

Dr. Eleanor Fish, Janice Fukakusa, Leo Goldhar, Janice O'Born, Barbara Stymiest and Carol Tator were among 135 new appointments to the Order of Canada by Governor General Mary Simon.

"Those who bear the Order's iconic snowflake insignia have changed our nation's measure of success and, through the sum of their accomplishments, have helped us build a better Canada," reads a news release announcing the latest appointments on Dec. 29.

Dr. Fish, Emerita Scientist at UHN's TGHRI, Professor in the Department of Immunology, and Associate Chair of International Initiatives & Collaborations at the University of Toronto, was recognized "for her contributions to immunology, including her groundbreaking studies on the use of interferon-alpha in the treatment of disease."

Janice Fukakusa, businesswoman, longtime member of the Board of The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and its former Chair, was recognized "for her leadership and mentorship in banking, and for her boundless community engagement, notably in education and healthcare."

Leo Goldhar, a retired businessman and venture capital investor who is a longtime member of the Board of Directors of UHN Foundation, was recognized "for his philanthropic contributions to healthcare, education and social services, notably as chair of the United Jewish Appeal Federation's Tomorrow Campaign."

Janice O'Born, longtime philanthropist and donor to UHN Foundation, was recognized "for her generous leadership and philanthropic contributions, both personal and corporate, notably in support of the arts and healthcare."

Barbara Stymiest, businesswoman and member of the Board of Trustees of UHN, was recognized "for her trailblazing efforts in Canada's financial and business sectors, as well as for her mentorship and community engagement."

Carol Tator, a longtime member of the UHN family, was recognized "for her advocacy of social justice, and for her commitment to identifying and dismantling systemic racism in Canadian society."

Each recipient will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony at a later date.

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 since its creation in 1967.

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