SHELBURNE, N.S. – Shelburne’s Elizabeth Cromwell has been appointed to the Order of Canada as a member (C.M) “for her contributions to Black heritage preservation and education in Nova Scotia.”
Cromwell was one of the 125 new appointments to the Order of Canada announced recently by Governor General Julie Payette. The new member list includes four companions (C.C.), 35 officers (O.C.) and 86 members (C.M.). Recipients will be invited to accept their insignia at a ceremony to be held at a later date.
Created in 1967, the Order of Canada is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours, recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Close to 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the order. Appointments are made by the governor general on the recommendation of the Advisory Council for the Order of Canada.
Cromwell, a founding member of the Black Loyalist Heritage Society (BLHS), was recognized last year with an honorary degree from Dalhousie University.
“Honorary degree recipient Elizabeth Cromwell has worked tirelessly to have the contributions and struggles of the Black Loyalists recognized as a central piece of Nova Scotian and Canadian history,” the university said in presenting the honour.
“For more than 30 years, Elizabeth Cromwell has been on a mission to bear witness to Black Loyalist history and culture and make it accessible to Nova Scotians and Canadians. Thanks in large part to Ms. Cromwell’s tenacity, vision and determination, the rich story of Black Loyalist endurance and resilience is finally being told,” the announcement went on to say. “Through her efforts, the Black Loyalist Heritage Centre opened its doors in Birchtown in 2015, commemorating the lives and experiences of Black Loyalists in what was once the largest settlement of free Blacks outside Africa.
“Ms. Cromwell was determined that Black Loyalist history be recognized as a key building block of our provincial and national identity. For her tireless efforts, she has been awarded an honorary degree by Mount Saint Vincent University, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Multicultural Volunteer of the Year Award from Volunteer Nova Scotia. Under her leadership, the BLHS also won a Race Relations and Human Rights Award from the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission.”
3 things to know about the Order of Canada
• It was created in 1967.
• It is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours, recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
• Close to 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the order.