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OISE alums to receive Order of Canada for work in human rights and community engagement

January 11, 2018 

Order of Canada alumni recipientsDr. Karen R. Mock (left) and Mary Pat Armstrong, recipients of the Order of Canada


Alumni Karen Mock (MA ‘69, PhD ‘75) and Mary Pat Armstrong (MEd ‘82) have been appointed to the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest civilian honour, for exceptional dedication and service in their communities.  

Karen Mock, a passionate human rights consultant, has been recognized for her extensive public service in the area of human rights, notably through work in cultural integration and Jewish-Muslim relations in Canada. She is the former executive director of Canadian Race Relations Foundation, and current Chair of JSpaceCanada which supports equality and civil rights in Israel.

A committed volunteer for over 40 years, Mary Pat Armstrong has been honoured for achievement in community engagement. Her contributions include establishing programs such as Community Living Toronto to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Ms. Armstrong is a former university professor, and Founding Director of the first Ronald McDonald House in Canada to support families with seriously ill children.

Congratulations to Dr. Mock and Ms. Armstrong for their outstanding work and this well deserved recognition.