MNO Senator invested into the Order of Ontario
Updated: Apr 16, 2020
On February 3, 2015, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, invested 26 extraordinary Ontarians into the Order of Ontario during a ceremony at Queen’s Park. Included on this list was Dr. Alis Kennedy, O.Ont., C.D., O.M.C., Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Veterans’ Council Senator. Senator Kennedy was recognized for being an inspiring Métis leader and passionate advocate for veterans, Francophones and Aboriginal peoples.
“I am proud to formally welcome these 26 remarkable people into the Order of Ontario. Their diverse and significant contributions have had an impact on the lives of millions of Ontarians, improving our quality of life, making our communities stronger and positioning this province as an international centre of excellence in many endeavours,” said Her Honour.
Dr. Kennedy has spent her life shattering barriers and challenging the status quo, reminding us too, that tolerance, acceptance and generosity are values that we must never take for granted. With an impressive résumé, she is dedicated to the advancement of Aboriginal people, advocating for those particularly in difficulty with the law and violence against women. She served 13 years in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Dr. Kennedy has shared her skills for over 40 years on three continents volunteering with a multitude of organizations. An inspiring speaker, leader and advocate for veterans and a role model for Aboriginal youth, Dr. Kennedy demonstrates that anything is possible with resolute determination.
The Order of Ontario is the province’s highest official honour. It recognizes any current or former long-time resident of Ontario who has demonstrated a high level of individual excellence and achievement in any field benefiting the people of Ontario or anywhere in the world.