Professor George Elliott Clarke of English is one of five recipients of the Order of Nova Scotia, the highest honour bestowed by the province. Clarke, a renowned poet, playwright and novelist, was born near the black Loyalist community of Three Mile Plains, Hants County, Nova Scotia. His work is grounded in the experience of Nova Scotia’s African community. His latest novel is George & Rue (Harper Flamingo).
Conductor Richard Bradshaw (LLD 2003), a senior fellow of Massey College and distinguished visitor in music at U of T, has been awarded a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award (National Arts Centre Award). Bradshaw is the general director of the Canadian Opera Company, and in his 18 years with the COC he has conducted more than 60 operas and established a reputation for innovative programming.