The Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, David Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Canada, inducted Alvin Curling as a new member into the Order. The ceremony was held at Queen’s Park on January 23, 2014.
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.
Curling, who is from Jamaica, migrated to Canada in 1967, is the first Black Canadian to hold a Cabinet position in Ontario and later the first Black Speaker of the Ontario Legislature. He served as Canada's Ambassador to the Dominican Republic and has played an important role in shaping government policy addressing youth violence.
Those invested into the Order receive the right to append the post nominal letters OOnt to their names.
For a complete list of honourees visit Order of Ontario 2014
The Hon. Alvin Curling, Speaker
Commissioned by the Ontario Legislative Assembly
Oil, 50" x 60"
This portrait is permanently placed in Queen's Park along side portraits of Speakers going back to Confederation.
Photo of portrait courtesy of http://gregoryfurmanczyk.blogspot.com/
Photo of Alvin Curling courtesy of www.cdadawah.com