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Dr. Frances Shepherd (L) was made an Officer of the Order of Canada while John Mulvihill was named a Member of the Order of Canada. They were among 69 new appointments made by Governor General David Johnston. (Photos: The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation/ UHN)

Two members of the UHN family have received one of Canada's highest civilian honours.

Dr. Frances Shepherd​, medical oncologist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and John Mulvihill, Chair of UHN's Board of Trustees, were among 69 new appointments to the Order of Canada made by Governor General David Johnston.

Dr. Shepherd, who was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, was cited "for her leadership in improving treatment options and outcomes for individuals with advanced lung cancer."

John, who was named a Member of the Order of Canada, was recognized "his philanthropic contributions and voluntary service to healthcare."

They will receive their insignia at a ceremony in Ottawa later in the year.

Dr. Shepherd's long list of awards includes the O. Harold Warwick prize for contributions to cancer control in Canada in 2006, the Order of Ontario in 2007, the Premier's Summit Award for Medical Research in 2008, the British Thoracic Oncology Group International Award for Contributions to Lung Cancer in 2012 and the Claude Jacquillat Award from the International Congress on Anti-Cancer Treatment in 2014.

Dr. Shepherd was described as "a fabulous clinician and a talented researcher," by her colleagues at the Princess Margaret, including Dr. Mary Gospodarowicz, Dr. Amit Oza and Marnie Escaf.

"She has been a tireless champion of lung cancer research and treatment at the Princess Margaret and has transformed the lung group and created an internationally recognized and leading program," they said in an e-mail to staff. "She continues to be a wonderful mentor for her colleagues and a role model for all physicians."

John was elected to succeed Philip Orsino as Chair of the UHN Board of Trustees in 2009. A graduate of the University of Toronto, he has four decades of experience in the financial services industry, is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has served as a Public Governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange.

In his time as both a Trustee and Chair of the Board, John "has overseen a number of important changes to UHN, including the integration with Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and now the Michener Institute," Dr. Peter Pisters, UHN's President and CEO, said in his weekly Looking Ahead to staff, which paid tribute to the Order of Canada honours for John, Dr. Shepherd and Meric Gertler, the President of the University of Toronto.

Established in 1967 to honour the country's Centennial, the Order of Canada is one of our country's highest civilian honours and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. More than 6,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into it.

A full list of the 69 new appointments can be viewed here.

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