‘I guess I’m a true Cape Bre­toner’

Ch­ernin hon­oured by Or­der of Canada ap­point­ment

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - BY LAURA JEAN GRANT lj­grant@cb­post.com

Martin Ch­ernin will join his sis­ter as a mem­ber of the Or­der of Canada when he his of­fi­cially ap­pointed to it later this year at Rideau Hall in Ot­tawa.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to that,” Ch­ernin said a day af­ter his ap­point­ment was an­nounced by Gover­nor Gen­eral David John­ston.

Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of his sis­ter, Judy Bu­dovitch, of Fred­er­ic­ton N.B., who was ap­pointed to the or­der in 2008 for her work as a com­mu­nity vol­un­teer and sup­port of var­i­ous artis­tic, ed­u­ca­tional and civic groups in New Brunswick, Ch­ernin said he is very hon­oured to be the sec­ond in his fam­ily named to the or­der.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the Gover­nor Gen­eral, Ch­ernin is be­ing ap­pointed “for his con­tri­bu­tions to the de­vel­op­ment of Cape Bre­ton Is­land as both a busi­ness­man and civic booster.”

Ch­ernin said the is­land is home and he’s worked hard to con­trib­ute to it through both his busi­ness and com­mu­nity ef­forts.

“I was born and brought up in Cape Bre­ton and started off my ca­reer in the whole­sale gro­cery busi­ness with my fa­ther and my un­cles. I was in that un­til 1979 and then we got in­volved with a few other part­ners and did the now Joe’s Ware­house, the Com­merce Tower, a bunch of real es­tate things, and ca­ble tele­vi­sion,” he said. “I guess I’m a true Cape Bre­toner and so I wanted to stay here and see if I could do any­thing here in Cape Bre­ton.”

Ch­ernin’s com­mu­nity in­volve­ment over the years has in­cluded a term as chair­man of the board of Cape Bre­ton Univer­sity, as well as be­ing ac­tively in­volved in fundrais­ing for both the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion and the United Way of Cape Bre­ton.

Ch­ernin cred­its “hard work, hon­esty and in­tegrity” for his suc­cess, not­ing it’s also been im­por­tant to sur­round him­self with good em­ploy­ees and busi- ness part­ners. Re­siliency has also been key. “There’s a lot of high points and there’s also low points. You don’t win in ev­ery­thing but you have to pick up your boots and get back at it,” he said.

Ch­ernin said he sees pos­i­tive things on the hori­zon in Cape Bre­ton and he’s ex­cited to be a part of it, not­ing re­tire­ment is not yet on his agenda.

“I like busi­ness,” he said. “It’s in­ter­est­ing times, and there’s lots to do. I’m try­ing to do a few more things be­fore I hang up my shin­gle.”

Ch­ernin is one of 100 Cana­di­ans named to the Or­der of Canada this week. The Or­der of Canada was es­tab­lished on Canada’s 100th birth­day in 1967 to rec­og­nize out­stand­ing achieve­ment, ded­i­ca­tion to the com­mu­nity and ser­vice to the na­tion. Since then, more than 6,000 Cana­di­ans have been named to the or­der.

SUB­MIT­TED BY WAR­REN GOR­DON Martin Ch­ernin of Syd­ney has been ap­pointed to the Or­der of Canada.

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