He’s already Fonzie, one of the coolest guys ever, but now Henry Winkler has been made an Honorary Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II.
According to the British Embassy, the honor was given “in recognition of his services to children with dyslexia and special educational needs.” Winkler, who was diagnosed with dyslexia as an adult, has recently been touring the United Kingdom for the past two years informing children, teachers, parents and politicians about dyslexia and other learning challenges.
The award was presented at the British Embassy in Washinton by British British Ambassador Nigel Sheinwald. The reason he is an “honorary” officer is because he is not British, but it is a prestigious honor nonetheless.
Winkler says of the award: “Receiving this honor is a very humbling experience. My goal when I started working with children was never to bring
accolades on myself, but instead to change how people think about those
around them for whom learning is a struggle. I am flattered to have had
my work recognized in this manner, and hope to continue showing kids
that their learning difficulty isn’t a disability.”
Conratulations to Henry Winkler. Could not have happened to a nicer man.