This release was issued under a previous government.

The Albertans being invested into the Order for 2016 are:

Barry Bultz (Calgary)

Barry Bultz is an inspiring pioneer in the development of psychosocial oncology in Canada. His dedicated leadership led to the establishment of global acceptance of screening for distress as the 6th vital sign for cancer patients.

Linda Hughes (Edmonton)

Linda Hughes is a respected and compassionate leader who has served her community as a reporter, Publisher and CEO of the Edmonton Journal, Chancellor of the University of Alberta, Chair of Alberta Health Services and an advocate for those in need.

Sheldon Kennedy (Calgary)

Sheldon Kennedy is a tireless advocate who has changed the way abuse survivors are treated through his work at the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre and provides abuse awareness and prevention education through the Respect Group.

Leroy Little Bear (Lethbridge)

Leroy Little Bear is a globally renowned scholar, educator, author and advisor. He has inspired generations of students and played a role in some of the most important political achievements for Indigenous peoples around the world.

Michael Massey (Edmonton)

A celebrated pianist, teacher, music director and conductor of the Edmonton Youth Orchestra, Michael Massey is an accomplished musician who has led countless Albertans in the pursuit of excellence and the life-changing joy of musical performance.

Paulette Patterson (Grande Prairie)

Paulette Patterson is a consummate community builder. As an advocate for society’s most vulnerable, she is a tireless volunteer, compassionate mentor, fearless leader and champion of causes that make life better for others.

Shirley Penner (Calgary)

Shirley Penner is the passionate founder and CEO of the Youth Singers of Calgary, helping hundreds of singers each year discover a path to friendship, personal development and good citizenship through the performing arts.

Bill Yuill (Medicine Hat)

Bill Yuill is a respected and caring Medicine Hat business leader who has made significant contributions to charitable and community initiatives, with a particular focus on healthcare, culture, sports and education.

New member full biographies, official portraits, video montages and information about the program are available on

The Alberta Order of Excellence is the highest honour the province can offer its citizens. Since the Order was created in 1979, 157 Albertans have been invested including this year’s new members.

NOTE TO ASSIGNMENT EDITORS – All media are welcome to attend. The 60-minute ceremony begins at 4 p.m. on October 19 at Government House, located at 12845 – 102 Avenue, Edmonton. Media may also arrange for one-on-ones with new members at Government House on the day (3:15 – 3:45 p.m. and again at 5 p.m.).

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