Longtime Toronto Star journalist and activist Barb Turnbull was posthumously appointed to the Order of Canada on Wednesday, November 18. Turnbull was the victim of a high-profile convenience store robbery in 1983 that left her quadriplegic. She went on to obtain a journalism degree and joined the Star in 1990 where she worked as a writer and reporter for more than two decades.
A passionate advocate for people with disabilities, Turnbull passed away earlier this year at age 50 due to complications related to pneumonia.
The Order of Canada, created in 1967, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.