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Chairman H. Wayne Hambly named to both Order of Canada and Order of P.E.I.

July 18, 2014

(Charlottetown, P.E.I.) - H. Wayne Hambly, the chairman of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust, known as Confederation Centre of the Arts has been appointed with two prestigious honours recently. The long-serving chairman of the Centre's board was recently named to both the Order of Prince Edward Island and the Order of Canada in two separate announcements. "On behalf of the entire organization - our national board, the local board executive, and all staff - administration, creative teams, crew, and our artistic companies - we send our deepest congratulations to Wayne and his family," says Jessie Inman, chief executive officer of Confederation Centre, Canada's national memorial to the founding of the country. "This organization has had the great fortune of calling Wayne our chair for the past 21 years, and these two honours reflect a lifetime of dedication to the betterment of our community and our country."

Mr. Hambly received one of Canada's top honours on July 1, being appointed to the Order of Canada along with 85 others, including astronaut Chris Hadfield - who is lecturing at the Centre this October - and CBC humourist Rick Mercer. He will be officially invested at a ceremony in Ottawa later this year. In a separate announcement on July 15, Mr. Hambly was also one of three Islanders appointed to the Order of P.E.I., alongside Olympic champion Heather Moyse and former UPEI president and businessman, Wade MacLauchlan.

As stated on the Government of P.E.I. website, Mr. Hambly set out on his own over forty years ago, beginning with apartment buildings before branching out to include mini-home parks, a furniture store and recreational vehicles as part of his entrepreneurial enterprise. He has served on the boards of United Way, Holland College Foundation, Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Spring Park United Church. In 2007 Mr. Hambly was a co-recipient, with his wife Wilma, of the Red Cross Humanitarians of the Year award.

Since 1993, the energy Mr. Hambly put into his businesses has also been funneled into Confederation Centre. In addition to many ongoing efforts, Mr. Hambly has assisted with establishing the Symons Medal and Lecture on the State of Canadian Confederation as a successful annual heritage series. As one figure describes this civic-minded citizen, Mr. Hambly provides a "...steady and enthusiastic hand at the helm" of many ventures. For his contributions to the economic and cultural life of our province, Mr. Hambly is a worthy recipient of both the Order of Canada and the Order of Prince Edward Island.


Media contact:
Fraser McCallum, Communications Manager, Confederation Centre of the Arts
T: 902.628.6135 (office)

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Confederation Centre of the Arts is Canada's national memorial to the Fathers of Confederation, located in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Home to The Charlottetown Festival, this living memorial is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014, and continues to present the finest in Canadian visual and performing arts, heritage programming, and arts education.