After four decades of fighting against the establishment, it felt strange, Jean Swanson said, to be celebrated by it.

Swanson, a longtime Vancouver anti-poverty activist who is running for city council, was invested into the Order of Canada Friday by Gov. Gen. David Johnston during a ceremony in Ottawa. Her appointment as a member of the Order of Canada was announced last year.

Reached by phone Friday shortly after the ceremony at Rideau Hall, the Governor General’s official residence, Swanson said the “pomp and ceremony” of the occasion felt unfamiliar to someone who’s spent so much of her life in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.