Denman Island resident Dr. James (Hamish) Kimmins has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada.
Gov.-Gen. David Johnston announced last week 90 new appointments to the Order of Canada, including four Companions, 25 Officers and 61 Members.
“It was an amazing surprise,” said 71-year-old Kimmins, who is a retired University of British Columbia Faculty of Forestry professor. “There are so many deserving people who do so many great things for Canada and their communities, I was humbled and deeply honoured to be selected to be among the few who do get the honour.”
Kimmins worked at UBC for 40 years. He retired to Denman Island six years ago.
According to a governor general news release, he received the appointment, “For his contributions as an ecologist promoting environmental sustainability in forest management.”
Meanwhile, Qualicum Beach’s well-known musician Phil Dwyer was also named a Member of the Order of Canada, “For his contributions to jazz as a performer, composer and producer, and for increasing access to music education in his community,” according to the release.
The Order of Canada was established in 1967 and is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours, awarded to recognize outstanding achievement, community dedication and service to the country, according to the release. More than 6,000 people have received the honour of the Order since it began 45 years ago.