Summerside native joins Hambly, MacLauchlan on list of 2014 recipients
SUMMERSIDE – Two-time Olympic gold medalist Heather Moyse is one of three people named Tuesday to the Order of Prince Edward Island.
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The Summerside native joins H. Wayne Hambly of Charlottetown and Wade MacLauchlan of Cove Head as the 2014 recipients announced by Lt. Gov. Frank Lewis and Charles Curley, chairman of the Order of Prince Edward Island Advisiory Council.
The three were selected from a total of 44 Islanders nominated to receive the award this year.
The honour was first conferred in 1996. Since then there have been three Islanders invested each year.
The 2013 inductees into the Order were Vera Elizabeth Dewar, of Stratford and Brudenell; Alexander B. Campbell, of Stanley Bridge; and the late Dr. Joyce Madigane, of Bideford.
The honour is awarded as a means of recognizing Islanders who have shown individual excellence or outstanding leadership in their community and in their chosen occupation or profession.
It is the highest honour that can be accorded to a citizen of the province. It is awarded annually following a public nomination process with recipients being selected by an independent nine-person Advisory Council each year.
Insignia of the Order will be presented by the Lieutenant Governor at a special investiture ceremony in September at Government House, Charlottetown.
The committee said Moyse is a fine example of an Islander who has excelled in her field.
“Moyse’s) commitment to athletic excellence reaches back to her days in high school where she competed well in track and rugby. Continuing this run of success, in 2002 she was inducted into the University of Waterloo Sports Hall of Fame, and, in 2010 earned the title Female Athlete of the Year in two provinces.
“Of course, the highlight of her professional career – so far – is her gold medal triumphs in the bobsleigh events in the Winter Olympics of 2010 and 2014.”
The committee noted that none of her achievements came without effort.
“The recognition of Moyse’s contribution to the cultural life of our province takes into consideration not just her moment on the dais but her innumerable hours in gyms, on fields, on her own and as part of teams. For her career as an athlete and Olympian, and for her charitable work – achievements we are proud to see in one of our own – that reflects, in part, the nature of her birthplace, Heather Moyse deserves the Order of Prince Edward Island.”