Carleton University’s Tim Cook, adjunct research professor in the Department of History, and Peter Calamai, adjunct research professor in the School of Journalism and Communication, have been named to the Order of Canada.
Cook’s appointment was made for his contributions to promoting Canada’s military history as an author, researcher and curator. Calamai was appointed for his achievements as a science journalist and for his contributions to the cause of literacy.
Gov. Gen. General David Johnston announced the prestigious honours on Dec. 26, 2014.
Cook is a First World War historian at the Canadian War Museum. He is the author of eight books, including Shock Troops: Canadians Fighting the Great War, 1917-1918, winner of the Charles Taylor prize for literary non-fiction. His latest book, The Necessary War, was published this year and is the first of two volumes on Canadians in the Second World War. The second volume, Fight to the Finish, will be published next fall.
Calamai worked for more than four decades in Canadian daily newspapers, as a news correspondent at home and overseas with Southam newspapers and as editorial page editor of The Ottawa Citizen. From 1998 to 2008, he was the national science reporter for The Toronto Star. He is now is a communications consultant, freelance writer and editor based in Ottawa.
He is a three-time winner of the National Newspaper Award for spot news reporting and feature writing. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in adult literacy.
The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Over the last 45 years, more than 6,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.
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