January, 2015

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CMA Executive Director Appointed to the Order of Canada

OTTAWA, Ontario, January 7, 2015 – John G. McAvity, Executive Director and CEO of the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) was appointed to the Order of Canada by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, for his contributions to preserving Canada’s cultural heritage.

A proud Saint John, NB native, McAvity has been the Executive Director of the CMA since 1981. He steered the association through the cycle of major cuts that impacted the Canadian museum landscape of the 90s. On hearing the news, he said: “I accept this honour on behalf of all museums and heritage institutions in Canada. To be recognized for something I love to do is such a wonderful honour.”

The members of the Visual Arts Alliance wish to congratulate John on this appointment.