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Howard White Receives Order of Canada

Posted: July 1, 2007

Howard White, author of The Airplane Ride , The Sunshine Coast, Patrick and the Backhoe , The Ghost in the Gears  and editor of Raincoast Chronicles Fourth Five as well as publisher of Harbour Publishing, has been awarded Canada's highest civilian honour, the Order of Canada. The award was announced by Michäelle Jean, the Governor General of Canada, on June 29. The award will be presented at Rideau Hall in Ottawa later in the year.

"In my case, this is a team award," said White. "This isn't for the half dozen or so books I wrote, this is for the 500 books by other people that Mary and I helped to bring into the world over the last thirty years. But they can't give the award to Bus Griffiths and Patrick Lane and Anne Cameron and Tom Wayman and Dan Francis and Jim Spilsbury and Clayton Mack and all 200 contributors to the The Encyclopedia of British Columbia, so they have to give it to me. But I accept it on behalf of all of our authors, and all of our publishing team. I am also deeply appreciative of my nominator, Ron MacIsaac, and those who advocated for me."

Among 70 others receiving the Order of Canada at the same time will be former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, broadcaster Pamela Wallin, author Alistair MacLeod, golfer Mike Weir and rocker Tom Cochrane.