‘Queen of Giraffes’ among new Order of Canada recipients with global influence

'Queen of Giraffes' among new Order of Canada recipients with global influence

OTTAWA — Talk about sticking a neck out for Canada.

The latest cohort of appointments to the Order of Canada include many people whose accomplishments have had an impact around the world, including pioneering biologist Anne Dagg, known as the “Queen of Giraffes.”

Her work documenting the creatures in Africa would pave the way for others who became famous for living among wild animals, but Dagg was originally mocked and ignored.

Now, her name is among the 120 announced today to the roster one of Canada’s highest honours, including five people bestowed with the top rank of companion, 38 new officers and 77 members.

Among the recipients are filmmaker James Cameron, former prime minister Stephen Harper, Olympic hockey star Caroline Ouellette, and 2018 Nobel prize winner Donna Strickland.

Several Indigenous leaders have also been honoured, including John Amagoalik, known as the “father of Nunavut” for his role in the creation of the territory, and Inuk actor Johnny Issaluk.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 27, 2019.

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