Star Trek’s first captain is getting another honor for his legacy of entertainment and philanthropy, this time from the land of his birth. William Shatner was named in this year’s Order of Canada by Canadian Governor General Julie Payette. The actor is one of 125 notable Canadians to be honored.
The official announcement had this entry for Mr. Shatner:
William Shatner, O.C.
Montréal, Quebec and Los Angeles, California, United States of America
For his iconic contributions to popular culture spanning theater, television and film, and for his philanthropic support of causes related to health care, the environment and the well-being of children.
The Order of Canada is the second highest rank in Canadian Honours System, which “recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.” An induction ceremony will be held later this year.
Shatner has been recognized by his home country previously, with a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2000 and a Lifetime Artistic Achievement award in 2011. He was also part of the 2010 Olympic closing ceremony in Vancouver.
While Shatner makes his home on the United States, he is a proud Canadian, as this famous speech of his makes clear.