B.C. Lions’ general manager Wally Buono has received one of Canada’s highest honours.
Earlier this week, the longtime Canadian Football League player, coach and executive – and resident of the Semiahmoo Peninsula – was among 44 Order of Canada recipients, and one of just two from B.C.
Buono, 65, was born in Italy and came to Canada when he was just three years old, and has been staple of the CFL for decades, first as a player with the Montreal Alouettes, and most notable as a coach and general manager with the Calgary Stampeders and the BC Lions.
“Wally Buono has left an indelible mark on football in Canada,” a news release from the Gov. Gen. David Johnston’s office noted.
“A seven-time Grey Cup champion… he has also mentored countless players and coaches and has helped pave the way for other Canadians to have careers and professional football coaches.
“Off the field, he is a noted contributor to the community and is actively involved with a host of charitable and non-profit organizations.”
The Order of Canada was created in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.
This year’s recipients were honoured Wednesday at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.