Walter does charitable work all over North America. He is very prominent with CNIB and other charities.
Steve Nash is one of the most popular Canadian Athletes that goes very under recognized here in Canada. He won the MVP in the NBA 2 years in a row I believe. He also does tons of charity work and is basically leader in basketball for Canadians to look up to.
I'm sure Walter has been doing celebrity work for the last few years for some charities but frankly, I'm certain I can name some folks that no one has ever heard of that have done a lot more charity work than Walter or Steve. Charity work that is actually on the ground sweating out the hours.
IMHO, It's disrespectful to the real givers who have spent a lifetime helping the country.
Here is the quote from a link about this news from nba.com:
On Thursday, Nash was named one of the 2007 recipients of The Order of Canada – the country’s highest civilian honor. He was selected not just for his fame, but for his many humanitarian efforts through his Steve Nash Foundation and the Canadian school system.
IMHO, Nash has been generating goodwill for Canada not just in the USA but also to basketball fans around the world.
Are you serious?
Do you really feel this strongly about the Order of Canada recipient selection process?
I doubt the vast majority of people on this forum could name more than a handful of award winners.
But I'd bet a BAZILLION dollars that any that people could name would all be "celebrities" from sports or entertainment.
And as far as Walter Gretzky goes, I've seen first hand how tireless a volunteer this man is for youth sports, Heart & Stroke, Children's Wish, people with intellectual disabilities...the list goes on and on.
He did not receive it for being Wayne's dada, I can assure you.
He is fully deserving as I'm sure all this year's recipients are.