Fr. Joseph MacDonald of Toronto, who founded Our Place Community of Hope, was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2012. The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, invested the 2012 appointees, including Fr. Joseph MacDonald, at a ceremony held Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at Queen's Park.
The Order of Ontario is the most prestigious official honour in the Canadian province of Ontario. Instituted in 1986 by Lieutenant Governor Lincoln Alexander, on the advice of the Cabinet under Premier David Peterson, the civilian order is administered by the Lieutenant Governor-in-Council and is intended to honour current or former Ontario residents for conspicuous achievements in any field.
The Order of Ontario is intended to honour any current or former long-time resident of Ontario who has demonstrated a high level of individual excellence and achievement in any field, demonstrating "the best of Ontario's caring and diverse society and [whose] lives have benefited society in Ontario and elsewhere."