Nov 17, 2016

Tamakwa to Roots to Order of Canada

We always take great pleasure and pride in hearing about the achievements of current and former Tamakwans. It’s amazing what they’ve collectively contributed to this world in every field of endeavour over the past 80 years.

This morning, two longtime Tamakwans were awarded Canada’s highest civilian honour in a formal ceremony in Ottawa. Michael Budman and Don Green, who co-founded Roots Canada, the Toronto-based, internationally acclaimed lifestyle brand in 1973, were officially inducted into the Order of Canada. It recognizes those whose lifetime contributions have made a positive difference to life in Canada.

In selecting them for this prestigious honour, the Order of Canada wrote: “Michael Budman and Don Green are leaders in the fashion industry and great promoters of Canadian style at home and abroad. These businessmen and fashion designers came to Canada more than 40 years ago and founded Roots, a quintessential Canadian apparel brand inspired by their love of the outdoors and their affinity for Algonquin Park. Throughout their stewardship of the company, they showcased Canadian design to the world and generously supported such causes as the environment, healthy living, amateur sport, arts and culture, and community engagement.”

Michael and Don attended Camp Tamakwa as campers and worked on staff and have always been big supporters of our camp. They readily acknowledge that Tamakwa and Algonquin Park had a huge influence on them and helped inspire them to create Roots.

On behalf of the entire Tamakwa community, a big warm How!How! on this well-deserved honour and recognition to both of you.

Vic, Craig & Margot

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