Samara Advisory Board Member Isabel Bassett appointed to the Order of Canada

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Samara Advisory Board Member Isabel Bassett appointed to the Order of Canada

Ms. Bassett (fifth from left) with Ernie Eves, Steve Paikin and Samara staff members

All of us at Samara Canada would like to extend our sincere congratulations to Samara Advisory Board Member Isabel Bassett, who was recently appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada. Ms. Bassett joins 112 esteemed Canadians in receiving one of the country’s highest civilian honours. This honour was bestowed by the office of the Governor General in recognition of “her community engagement and commitment to the advancement of women and public service, notably in educational broadcasting.”

“Throughout her distinguished career, Isabel has shown a strong devotion to public service and, through her leadership, has helped to bring a diversity of voices to the fore,” said Samara’s board chair and co-founder Michael MacMillan. “We at Samara value her many contributions to Canadian political life and culture, and applaud her for earning this magnificent honour.”

More about Ms. Bassett:

Former teacher, journalist, MPP and broadcasting executive, Isabel Bassett is a highly regarded pioneer of Canadian broadcasting, winning awards for her reports and documentaries on social and political issues. She has also written books on the political, social and historical achievements of Canadian women. Ms. Bassett used her time in politics and broadcasting to advance the recognition of women and minorities.

As past Chair and CEO of TVO (1999 – 2005), Ms. Bassett refocused the organization to deliver on its educational mandate, and strove to ensure interviewees on flagship programs represented diverse backgrounds.

Elected to the Ontario legislature in 1995 as MPP for St. Andrew-St. Patrick, Ms. Bassett was appointed Ontario’s Minister of Citizenship, Culture and Recreation in 1997.

She has actively campaigned for the YWCA's Toronto Elm Street Centre for Affordable Housing for Women, York University’s Library, and Equal Voice, encouraging women to engage in politics and the boardroom.

Earlier this year, Ms. Bassett was made a Member of the Order of Ontario, an honour given by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to those Ontarians who exemplify the highest qualities of achievement and excellent and whose contribution enrich the lives of their fellow men and women in the province, in Canada, and in the world.

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