William Shatner Appointed To The Order Of Canada

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.

 

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Cmd.Bremmon

Congrats to William Shatner!! Proud Canadian here.

Chuck Abernathy

About sodding time!

Michael Hall

Well, good for him. As a colleague, friend, and (God help us all) pundit, Shatner is a mixed bag to say the least, but there’s no denying the impact of his work. Plus I’m thirty years his junior, and wish I had half his energy. Congratulations!

dennycranium

My fellow Canadian!
Well deserved Mr. Shatner!

Phil

Congratulations!

Oh, and for those itching to bash Shat on a deserved honor, do it elsewhere. Okay?

Phil

Somewhere else, that is.

Apparently the edit function has a timer on it.

TUP

Congrats to the man!

Danpaine

Excellent! Well deserved – he is truly an inspiration.

Captain Danno

Congratulations Mr. Shatner! Is anyone watching him on the NBC show Better Late Than Neverr? It is remarkable how young he appears, both physically and mentally. I was actually a fan of Shatner from T.J. Hooker before becoming a fan of Trek, so to see him doing so well at 86 years old is a gift! May he continue to live long and prosper!

Gary 8.5

Congratulations, Mr. Shatner.
It is wonderful to be honored by your homeland.

Kirk1701

Way to go, bud! (That’s Ontarian for “congratulations.”) Well-deserved and overdue! Your ambassadorship for our nation cannot be overstated. A touchstone of Canadian creativity!

Corylea

Congratulations, Mr. Shatner!

I’ve always felt sorry for Shatner for having to play in “The Omega Glory.” That last bit — with the preamble to the American constitution and all — would have been hokey even for an American, so it must have been REALLY hard to swallow for a Canadian actor. :-)

JAGT

He should really be given the title of Royal Canadian National Treasure. For the time being though, I guess the Order of Canada will do.
Congratulations, Mr Shatner!

JKP

Long overdue. The Shat is a global icon and proud Canadian!