Whitby nurse honoured along with George Chuvalo, Sara Waxman and other Order of Ontario notables

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Published November 4, 2022 at 11:35 am

Angela Cooper Braithwaite

Two dozen Ontario residents have been appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest civilian honour.

Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell bestowed the honour on 24 people, including legendary Canadian boxer George Chuvalo, noted human rights lawyer Payam Akhavan, the chiefs of police for Peel and York regions, author and food journalist Sara Waxman and the CEO of Second Harvest.

Also honoured is Whitby’s Angela Cooper Braithwaite, a Trinidad-born nurse with nearly five decades experience in helping others. Braithwaite has launched initiatives to promote nursing education, improved women and children’s health, and addressed racism in the nursing profession. Long admired by her peers, she promises to leave a lasting legacy in health care in Ontario.

Chuvalo, whose greatest achievement in the ring was never being knocked down despite facing the great heavyweights of the day like Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Joe Frazier, became almost as well known after his retirement for his efforts in helping Ontarians understand the risk of drugs through his “candid and direct” presentations.

George Chuvalo

Nishan Duraiappah, a Milton resident and the highest ranking South Asian police officer in Ontario as Chief of Police for Peel Region; and Armand La Barge of Bethany, an ardent defender of social justice and York Region’s top cop, were also honoured, as was Payam Akhavan – a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration at The Hague who has investigated atrocities in conflict zones, prosecuted war crimes for the UN, and defended genocide survivors throughout the world.

Sara Waxman

Food writer Sara Waxman, who helped put Ontario on the map as a premier food and travel destination, and Lori Nikkel, celebrated as one of Canada’s 25 Most Influential Women and the CEO of Second Harvest, also made the Order of Ontario 2022 cut.

The rest of the names include:

Teresa Cascioli and Robert Poirier of Oakville; Barbara Morrongiello of Guelph; David Levac of Brantford; Aimee Craft of Ottawa; Elise Harding-Davis of Harrow; and Joan VanDuzer, Rose Patten, Christina Petrowska-Quilico, David McKay, Sandra Laronde, Steve (Suresh) Gupta, Walter Arbib, Stephen Diamond, Mitch Frazer, Leo Goldhar and Kevin Smith of Toronto.

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