John Brink will be among 15 people appointed to the Order of British Columbia, the province’s highest form of recognition, Lt. Gov. Janet Austin, chancellor of the order, announced Friday. This marks the 30th anniversary of the establishment of the order.
“I am so pleased to share congratulations with the inspiring individuals joining the Order of British Columbia this year,” said Austin. “These exceptional recipients are pillars of our communities, who have demonstrated excellence and distinction in their fields. I wish to extend my thanks to all new members for their commitment to meaningful work that leaves a lasting legacy, which benefits and elevates our province for future generations.”
A lumber industry leader and innovator, John A. Brink built the largest secondary wood manufacturing company in North America. He helped diversify the country’s forestry market after immigrating to Canada with only a few resources and a dream of building a sawmill. He is the founder and CEO of the Brink Group of Companies which includes Brink Forest Products, Vanderhoof Specialty Wood Products, Pleasant Valley Remanufacturing, Boardwalk Properties, Nechako View Subdivision, and Interior Warehousing.
On Friday he will receive an honourary doctorate from the University of Northern BC. Brink is also very philanthropic, supporting a multitude of charities in the city as well as sponsoring an athlete of the month.
He is a competitive body-builder and is slated to compete at the Arnold’s this year.
This year, 209 British Columbians were nominated for the Order of BC. Since its inception, 447 British Columbians have been appointed to the Order of British Columbia. Members have been appointed from all regions of the province and in numbers generally proportionate to a region’s population.
“On the 30th anniversary of the Order of British Columbia, I would like to congratulate all recipients of the order,” said Premier John Horgan. “Your leadership and accomplishments inspire British Columbians to aim high and share our gifts with the world. B.C. is a better place to live because of your contributions.”
Other recipients are:
Dave Brewer of North Vancouver:
A founding member of North Shore Rescue, Brewer’s leadership, vision and determination have contributed significantly to a B.C. ground search and rescue system that is considered to be one of the most effective in the world.
The Honourable Patricia Carney, PC, CM, LLD (Hon.), of Saturna Island:
Pat Carney broke new ground in journalism and Canadian politics, advancing the causes of equal rights for women, as well as Indigenous and minority rights, during a lifetime of public service.
Ronald Cliff, CM, of Vancouver:
Ronald Cliff is a volunteer and philanthropist whose track record includes more than 60 years of service to the Vancouver Symphony Society, as well as a diverse set of other cultural, civic, athletic and health-related organizations.
Jane Coop, CM, of Vancouver:
Jane Coop is a pre-eminent concert pianist, mentor and educator whose 40-year international career includes four Juno award nominations and the founding of the Skylark Music recording label.
Murray and Lynda Farmer of North Saanich:
Murray and Lynda Farmer have enhanced British Columbia as a place to study, live, work and visit through their volunteerism, community leadership, and particularly their support for Camosun College and the University of Victoria.
The late David Kampe of Penticton:
David Kampe shared his success in business through his generous and varied support of his community, including the Penticton General Hospital and the new patient care facility named in his honour. He passed away on May 8, 2019, after his nomination had been recommended by the advisory council.
Scott McIntyre, CM, LLD (Hon.), of North Vancouver:
Scott McIntyre is a founding partner of Douglas & McIntyre Publishers, which earned an international reputation for the quality and subject range of its books, including First Nations’ history and art.
Judy A. McLean, PhD, of Vancouver:
Judy McLean is a global health educator and researcher whose work in sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia has helped to prevent vitamin and mineral deficiencies among infants and young children.
Bruce McManus, CM, PhD, MD, of Vancouver:
Dr. Bruce McManus has had a major hand in building excellence in heart and lung research and care through his versatile leadership across the B.C. health sciences community.
Kimit Rai, MD, of Coquitlam:
Dr. Kimit Rai founded Operation Rainbow Canada, a medical humanitarian organization that provides free cleft lip and palate corrective surgery to children and young adults in developing countries.
Susan Tatoosh of Vancouver:
Susan Tatoosh is a respected Elder and mentor who, as executive director of the Vancouver Friendship Society, is credited with making significant improvements to programming and services for the urban Indigenous community.
Tamara Vrooman of Vancouver:
Tamara Vrooman, president and CEO of Vancity, has guided the credit union’s growth, while adhering to the triple bottom line of economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Carl Walters, PhD, of Vancouver:
Carl Walters, an icon of the world’s fisheries science community, conducted research and developed computer models that have had an important impact on fisheries science in the last 50 years.