A prominent member of the city’s Black community has been appointed to the Order of Ontario’s advisory council.
Delores Lawrence, the owner of Nursing Health Care Inc. which is a four-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award for Business Excellence in Nursing, joins chair Warren Winkler – the province’s Chief Justice – and six other members on the board that meets at least once a year to review applications and prepare recommendations on proposed recipients.
The other members are Toronto Star editorial page editor Haroon Siddiqui, Garden River First Nations member Doris Boissoneau, construction magnate and philanthropist Ignat Kaneff, former University of Ottawa chancellor Huguette Labelle, provincial secretary of cabinet Peter Wallace and Legislative Assembly of Ontario speaker Dave Levac.
The council considers nominations for the Order of Ontario and submits a list to the Lieutenant Governor of those who, in its opinion, merit an appointment to the most prestigious official honour in the province.
Lawrence was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2004.
This is her second provincial board appointment outside the college system where she served as a member of Seneca College’s board of directors.
Introduced to business at an early age by her mother who owned a supermarket in Ocho Rios on Jamaica’s north coast, Lawrence graduated from the University of Toronto with a nursing degree and the University of New Hampshire with a Master’s in Business Administration.
Launched in 1985 out of her home, NHI employs a staff of close to 1,000.
Lawrence has made the Profit/Chatelaine Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs List nine years.