Many know Westmounter Richard Gervais as president and CEO of GGA Communications, but what is not well known is that he is also honorary consul of the Republic of Mauritius, a small, predominantly French-speaking island in the Indian Ocean.
Richard Gervais with his medal
And now Gervais has a new honour to add to his list of accomplishments — the medal of Grand Officer of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean, presented to him
on July 24 by the president of the Republic of Mauritius, the Right Honourable Sir Anerood Jugnauth.
It is the first time in Mauritius' history that a Canadian has been honoured, or that a non-Mauritian had been inducted in the Order at such a high level.
Traditionally, this Order is bestowed upon citizens who have made an exceptional contribution to the progress of the nation. The title of Grand Officer is the second highest honour one can receive in Mauritius. The only higher distinction is that of Grand Commander, a very rare distinction usually reserved for heads of state and prime ministers.
Over the years, Gervais has received several other distinctions, including the 125th Anniversary of Confederation Medal in 1992, as well as the Medal of Honour of Quebec National Assembly in 2007.