Dorothée Gizenga, international development expert and human rights advocate, has been appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honor. "She is the founding executive director of the Diamond Development Initiative (DDI) and has dedicated her work to international development and the eradication of blood diamonds," reads the announcement.
Gizenga was one of 26 new appointments by Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario. The Order of Ontario recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievement in their field has left a lasting legacy in the province, Canada and beyond. Dowdeswell commented: “As Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, I proudly recognize 26 Ontarians who have demonstrated excellence and achievement at the highest level. Having distinguished themselves in the fields of journalism, medicine, human rights advocacy, community building, the arts, and sport, they join a society of merit that has been an inspiration to Ontarians for 30 years. I offer them my warm congratulations on behalf of a grateful province.”