School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) Professor Christina Petrowska Quilico has been appointed to the Order of Ontario for 2021.
The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, will bestow the honour on Petrowska Quilico at a ceremony to be held on Nov. 21.
“As chancellor of the Order, I join Ontarians in congratulating the 2021 Order of Ontario appointees,” said Dowdeswell in an announcement dated Nov. 4. “Their service to our province is a reminder to all of us fortunate enough to call Ontario home, that the fabric of society is knit together by good deeds and the dedication of individuals. May their accomplishments be an inspiration and example for many to follow.”
Petrowska Quilico, a professor of musicology and piano at York University, has opened the ears of music lovers internationally through numerous classical and contemporary performances, with an orchestra and as a soloist on more than 50 internationally acclaimed recordings. As a professor, she has received esteemed research awards. As a benefactor, she established The Christina and Louis Quilico Award at the Ontario Arts Foundation and the Canadian Opera Company.
“I am humbled and grateful to be receiving the Order of Ontario. It is a great honour and I am happy to represent and share it with York University where I have taught for 35 years,” said Petrowska Quilico.
The Order of Ontario recognizes exceptional leaders from all walks of life and diverse fields of endeavour whose impact and lasting legacy have played an important role in building a stronger province, country and world. Petrowska Quilico will be recognized alongside 23 other appointees, including renowned international human rights lawyer, Payam Akhavan; Ontario’s longest-serving Speaker of the House, Dave Levac; and Second Harvest CEO, Lori Nikkel.
Petrowska Quilico joins 822 people who have been appointed to the Order of Ontario since its establishment in 1986. Upon admission, Petrowska Quilico will be invested with the Order’s insignia and given the post-nominal letters, also called post-nominal initials or post-nominal titles (letters placed after a person’s name) to indicate the honour held by the individual.