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The Jack Munroe Historical Society
PO Box 10
Elk Lake, Northern ON, P0J 1G0
Order of the North, Nominations invited!
The Jack Munroe Historical Society of Elk City (JMHSEC) is now inviting nominations for the next recipient of the Order of the North. This honour, which was created by the Society, had its inaugural inductee on Labour Day and it was awarded posthumously to Jack Munroe in the presence of family members and in the town he founded, Elk Lake. The fact that it can be awarded posthumously is significant for recipients who may never have been properly recognized for their contributions to the North while alive.
The Order of the North is considered the most prestigious honour that can be bestowed on any resident of the North, living or deceased. The Honour was created in 2009 by the Township of James/Elk Lake in conjunction with the JMHSEC to commemorate their 100th anniversary of incorporation and as a tribute to their founding Reeve, Jack Munroe. It is intended to recognize those who demonstrate the highest level of achievement and individual excellence in any field beneficial to the North. Those invested into The Order of the North represent the very best examples of Northerners, past and present, whose efforts at bettering the North elevates them above their Northern peers and all others.
The JMHSEC was inspired to initiate this honour when informed that their namesake was not eligible for recognition by any existing Order here in Canada or Ontario as they are only awarded to those still living. Further, while various honours are awarded for contributions in most countries bordering the Arctic and are normally referred to as a “Polar Medal”, the Canadian Heraldic Authority confirmed no such award specific to the North was available in Canada. They further confirmed there was no existing Order of the North in Canada while verbally supporting and encouraging the creation of this award.
The Society had created the Order in 2009 but delayed the presentation to the inaugural recipient until the appropriate time. That time was the visit by his former Regiment, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, to Elk Lake with their Memorial Baton Relay which reached Jack’s “old home town” on September 01, Labour Day Monday. It is the Society’s intention to award the Order of the North on an annual basis with one recipient only in each future year.
The Order of the North medal was designed by the Society and has been manufactured in New Hamburg, ON. Gracing the obverse of the medal is the likeness of Jack Munroe and Bobbie Burns, his fabled Scots collie. On the reverse it reads “Order of the North” encircled by a wreath of maple leaves and topped with a wind-swept conifer. The medal is silver plated and suspended from a green and white ribbon, depicting seasonal colours of the North. The design has also been produced in lead free pewter which the JMHSEC will make available for sale to the public as souvenirs or for gifts.
Eligibility criteria and nomination forms for the Order of the North can be obtained by contacting the Secretary of the Society at P. O. Box 10, Elk Lake, ON, P0J 1G0 or firstname.lastname@example.org . The deadline for nominations to the order is July 01 in the year for which it will be awarded.