A beloved Winnipeg Free Press photo editor and a dedicated environmental crusader are the latest recipients of the Order of the Buffalo Hunt.
Jon Thordarson, who served as a photographer and photo editor at the Free Press for more than two decades, and James Potton, an environmentalist and educator who served as chairman of the Manitoba Environthon -- described as an environmental Reach for the Top -- were named to the Order of the Buffalo Hunt on Monday by Premier Greg Selinger.
"Jon Thordarson spent a lifetime chronicling the photographic history of Manitoba through his careers with the Winnipeg Tribune, the Winnipeg Sun and, for the (last) 20 years of his life, with the Winnipeg Free Press," Selinger said in a government press release. "Sadly, Jon passed away just days before he was to receive this honour in 2010."
Thordarson died in 2010 after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer.
In making the announcement, Selinger thanked Potton for his efforts in the field of environmental education during the past quarter-century.
The Order of the Buffalo Hunt was established in 1957 to recognize individuals or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding skills in areas of leadership, service and community commitment. In 1999, when the Order of Manitoba was created, the focus of the Order of the Buffalo Hunt was shifted to recognize noteworthy achievements in sports and other public endeavours. Recipients are chosen by the premier.
Past recipients of the order include Stanley Knowles, Vince Leah, Teemu Selanne, Mother Teresa, Desmond Tutu, Neil Young and Archbishop Karol Wojtyla (who later became Pope John Paul II).