Governor General to invest 46 recipients into Order of Canada
October 20, 2004
OTTAWA––Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, Governor General of Canada, will preside at an investiture ceremony of the Order of Canada at Rideau Hall on Saturday, October 30, 2004, at 11:00 a.m.
The Governor General will present 46 recipients with their insignia of membership. Two Companions, 17 Officers, and 27 Members will be invested. The Governor General is Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order.
The Order of Canada recognizes people who have made a difference to our country. From local citizens to national and international personalities, all Canadians are eligible for the Order of Canada, our country's highest honour for lifetime achievement. Three different levels of membership honour people whose accomplishments vary in degree and scope: Companion, Officer and Member.
The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement and service in various fields of human endeavour. Appointments are made on the recommendation of an advisory council, chaired by the Chief Justice of Canada. The motto of the Order is Desiderantes meliorem patriam–They desire a better country.
A media schedule for the investiture ceremony (Annex A), a complete list of recipients (Annex B) a backgrounder (Annex C) and the citations for the recipients (Annex D), are attached.
10:30 a.m. Media arrive at Rideau Hall
11:00 a.m. Ceremony begins (Pooled access for television cameras)
Entrance of Their Excellencies
The Governor General speaks
The Governor General presents the insignias
12:30 p.m. Media interviews with recipients
List of recipients
Order of Canada Backgrounder
· The Order of Canada was established in 1967 to recognize outstanding achievement and service in various fields of human endeavour. It is our country's highest honour for lifetime achievement.
· Three different levels of membership—Companion, Officer and Member—honour people whose accomplishments vary in degree and scope.
· Appointments are made on the recommendation of an advisory council, chaired by the Chief Justice of Canada. The Governor General is the Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order.
· Membership in the Advisory Council reflects the diversity and excellence in Canadian society. Certain Advisory Council members are appointed by virtue of their office; others are appointed to the Council for a fixed term to achieve a balanced representation of the various regions of the country.
· The current members of the Council are:
· Any group or individual is welcome to nominate deserving individuals as candidates for appointment.
· Any Canadian can be nominated for the Order of Canada. The only exceptions are federal and provincial politicians and judges, who cannot be appointed while holding office.
· Non-Canadians can be considered for honorary appointments.
Citations for the recipients
Martin L. Friedland, C.C.
Martin Friedland has made outstanding contributions to the Canadian legal system and to the administration of justice. University professor and professor of law emeritus at the University of Toronto, he has authored one of the most definitive studies of the role of the judiciary in our country. His legal writings have been wide ranging and have been cited by the highest courts in Canada and abroad. In addition, he has played significant roles in a number of government commissions and committees. As a legal scholar and teacher, he has inspired a great many young lawyers and students.
This is a promotion within the Order.
Joni Mitchell, C.C.
Joni Mitchell is one of the most influential singer-songwriters of her generation. Folk, pop, rock, jazz and world beat - she has embraced them all and made them her own. From Yorkville coffeehouses to international stages and on to gold albums, Junos, Grammys and Hall of Fame inductions, she has engaged and inspired audiences and musicians for some 40 years. She has crossed musical boundaries and created new ones to be crossed. Her independent style has been emulated by many popular artists and has paved the way for today's young female singers. Her music and lyrics have become part of our collective memory. Widely respected as a visual artist and poet as well, she continues to add to the creative legacy indelibly woven into our cultural mosaic.
Irving K. (Ike) Barber, O.C., O.B.C.
Irving Barber has made an outstanding contribution to the Canadian forest industry. As chairman of Slocan Forest Products Ltd., he emerged as a leader in sustainable forest management through his innovative approaches to harvesting and reforestation in British Columbia's Slocan Valley. In addition, he demonstrated a strong commitment to the economic stability of the province's northern communities. A generous supporter of various educational and health initiatives, he donated funds to a project that will transform the University of British Columbia's main library into a state-of-the-art learning and information centre.
Charles Sheridan Coffey, O.C.
Charlie Coffey is a self-made businessman who is renowned for his desire to work on behalf of marginalized groups in our society. Leading by example with the Royal Bank of Canada, he has encouraged major corporations to donate a percentage of their annual profits to charity. He has advanced educational opportunities for young people through his service with the Arctic Children's Foundation and the Manitoba Children's Museum, among others. His benevolence has encompassed a broad spectrum of causes, including Aboriginal interests and women's entrepreneurship.
Donald M. Deacon, O.C., M.C. (deceased)
A man of vision and determination, Donald Deacon worked for the betterment of his province and his region. Called an inspired leader, he worked with communities, businesses and government agencies to create the province-wide Confederation Trail, part of the TransCanada Trail and a major tourist attraction. Deeply concerned about the welfare of others, he served as president of the Prince Edward Island Red Cross and as a director of the SmartRisk Foundation, an organization dedicated to injury prevention. In addition, this skilled negotiator was a former governor and chair of the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council.
This was a promotion within the Order.
Louis E. Deveau, O.C.
Louis Deveau is an astute businessman who is greatly concerned about the welfare of his community. This founder and chairman of Acadian Seaplants Limited built the largest independent business of its type in North America. Energetic and visionary, he used seaweed to create and develop new products that are now exported to more than 70 countries. Working with various organizations, including the Institute for Marine Biosciences of Canada and the Nova Scotia Agricultural College at Dalhousie University, he promoted research on algae and expanded its use to various niche markets. Over the years, this Acadian has supported many community institutions, especially the Collège de l'Acadie and Université Sainte-Anne.
John Verner Fowles, O.C.
A renowned orthopaedic surgeon and researcher, John Fowles has led a dynamic and distinguished career in education and international medical aid. Former chair of the orthopaedics program at the Université de Montreal, he is known as a visionary. During his tenure, he established a foundation for orthopaedic research and education in Montreal (Fondation de recherche et d'éducation en orthopédie de Montreal). Internationally, he worked with CARE/Medico in many countries in Africa and Asia to increase the number of trained professionals and to improve resources and techniques. In Tunisia, he was the force behind what is often called the finest orthopaedic training program in North Africa. A man of compassion and humanity, he has garnered widespread recognition and appreciation.
Daniel Gauthier, O.C.
Daniel Gauthier is a manager whose abilities have enabled him to make his mark at the international level. In particular, he is co-founder and former president and chief executive officer of Cirque du Soleil. Using his outstanding financial and administrative abilities, he established the framework necessary to create and develop this new type of circus, which has become one of the greatest entertainment businesses in the world. He is also recognized for his generosity and concern for young people and the disadvantaged. In addition, he has used the Cirque to develop international social action programs that target troubled youth. This man of exceptional vision, to whom the values of respect and sharing are important, is undoubtedly one of our great builders.
Margaret H. Hilson, O.C.
Margaret Hilson has done much to shape Canada's reputation as a leader in health promotion. A nurse by training, she heads the international program at the Canadian Public Health Association and is past president of the World Federation of Public Health Associations. She has helped to create and implement many major programs targeting issues such as family and reproductive health and AIDS. Her expertise has been sought by the World Health Organization and several other important health policy institutions. In recognition of her commitment and drive, she received the first-ever international achievement award of the Florence Nightingale International Foundation.
Guy Laliberté, O.C., C.Q.
Guy Laliberté is a visionary who never fails to amaze us. As co-founder and chief executive of Cirque du Soleil, he created a new type of circus which has become one of the greatest entertainment businesses in the world. With his great talent for leadership, boldness and inventiveness, he is the guiding light who leads the team of designers through the creation of all shows. This former street entertainer has used the Cirque to develop international social action programs that target troubled youth. He continues to travel the world looking for new talents and new markets. As a result of his efforts, the meaning of "circus" has been transformed forever.
Leonard H. Lockhart, O.C.
This businessman and philanthropist was instrumental in the rejuvenation of Moncton's economy. As founding chair of the Greater Moncton Economic Commission, Leonard Lockhart forged partnerships among the community, governments and the public and private sectors to attract new investment to the city and its surrounding regions. His leadership and business acumen have also benefited organizations such as the Codiac Regional Policing Authority, the Atlantic Management Institute and the Drew Nursing Home. Highly respected as a community builder, he has helped to strengthen the relationship between Moncton's anglophone and francophone communities.
Donald Mackay, O.C.
Donald Mackay is the founding director of the Canadian Environmental Modelling Centre at Trent University. As one of Canada's leading scientists, he has greatly contributed to the quality and our stewardship of the global environment. Recognized internationally for his models describing the behaviour and effects of oil spills, he later developed an innovative system to predict the fate and effects of chemicals in the environment. The "Mackay models," as they are known, are used as the basis of regulatory and environmental policy decisions around the world. In 2001, he was the first Canadian recipient of the prestigious Honda Prize for his work on eco-technology.
Gerald J. Maier, O.C., C.D.
Growing up in a small Saskatchewan town during the Great Depression, Gerald Maier enjoyed few material comforts but was infused with a strong set of values by his parents. Now chairman emeritus of TransCanada PipeLines Limited, he is a recognized leader in the exploration, acquisition and sustainable development of our natural gas and crude oil reserves. Through his dedication to a number of civic and charitable organizations including Athol Murray College and the Canadian Olympic Foundation, he stands as a model of social responsibility.
Philip Orsino, O.C.
Philip Orsino is a role model for young Canadian entrepreneurs. President and CEO of Masonite International Corporation, he has demonstrated that the true meaning of success translates into generously giving of one's time, expertise and financial support. The recipient of the 2002 Rotman Distinguished Business Alumni Award from the University of Toronto, he was named Canada's outstanding CEO of the year for 2003 by The Caldwell Partners. Numerous healthcare organizations have benefited from his volunteerism and fundraising, including the Toronto General Hospital, the Princess Margaret Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital.
Royden Rabinowitch, O.C.
Royden Rabinowitch is one of the most important sculptors of our time with works in over 50 museums around the world including the Musée d'art moderne et contemporain in Geneva and the Guggenheim in New York. The Art Gallery of Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada and the Stedeljik Museum in Amsterdam have acquired large holdings of his work, a testament to the esteem in which he is held. He is the only artist to be appointed a life member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University.
H. Glenn Rainbird, O.C.
As president and CEO of TRLabs, Glenn Rainbird forged strong partnerships among government, universities and industry. He created an organizational infrastructure that fosters competitiveness and stands as a model for the future. Companies benefit from the research and development conducted by students, who gain the hands-on experience that employers value and seek. A past director and chairman of the board of the Canadian Network for the Advancement of Research, Industry and Education (CANARIE), he has used his leadership abilities to ensure Canada remains a strong player in today's technological age.
Ronald Rompkey, O.C., C.D.
University research professor at Memorial University, Ronald Rompkey is highly respected for his work as a biographer, editor and reviewer. This scholar has made important contributions to the study of his province through his writings on Sir Wilfred Grenfell and as founding director of the J.R. Smallwood Foundation for Newfoundland and Labrador Studies. An outspoken defender of arts and culture, he has provided leadership to numerous organizations, such as the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, the Canadian Conference of the Arts and CultureNet. With vision and enthusiasm, he has helped to raise our national awareness of regional arts, culture and history.
Richard H. Tomlinson, O.C.
Richard Tomlinson's benevolence attests to his deep commitment to ensuring excellence in higher education for future generations. A founding director of Gennum Corporation, he has shared his success with his alma maters, Bishops and McGill universities. His generous contribution to McGill is one of the largest single donations to a Canadian university. He has also supported McMaster University, where he is Professor Emeritus and where he continues his research in nuclear chemistry.
William Weintraub, O.C.
As a journalist, author, filmmaker and lecturer, William Weintraub has played a major role in our country's artistic and intellectual life. His book Getting Started: A Memoir of the 1950s provides an important glimpse into the early days of Canadian literature. Why Rock The Boat? has been called one of CanLit's funniest novels. His work on some 150 National Film Board productions enhanced that institution's reputation and earned him numerous awards. He brings sensitivity, a keen wit and a strong sense of place and community to his work, adding a unique voice to the tapestry of Canadian culture.
Morton Beiser, C.M.
Morton Beiser is committed to ensuring the well-being of newcomers to Canada. A specialist in psychiatry and epidemiology, he is a compelling advocate for immigrants and refugees, working tirelessly to promote understanding of the problems they face and to influence development of social policy. An esteemed professor and researcher, he is also founding director of the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement. Concerned with public education, he wrote and narrated programs on immigration directed to elementary and high school students, as well as a radio series for the general public.
Hugh Boyd, C.M.
Hugh Boyd has made an exceptional contribution to the knowledge, conservation and management of migratory birds and their habitats. Research Scientist Emeritus in the Canadian Wildlife Service, he has distinguished himself through both his scientific work and research management skills. He played central roles in developing integrated programs between Canada and the United States for the management of North American waterfowl. He is the recipient of the 1997 Doris Heustis Speirs Award from the Society of Canadian Ornithologists.
Father Jean-Marie Brochu, C.M.
Known as "Monsieur le Bonheur", Jean-Marie Brochu is a pillar of the charitable community in the province of Quebec. In 1963, touched by the loneliness experienced by people suffering from chronic health problems, he collected donations by radio. This was the beginning of "Le Noël du Bonheur." Through his efforts since then, help has been given to more than 8 000 people in over 100 institutions in the Québec and Chaudière-Appalaches regions. A foundation has also been established in his name. This dedicated individual has also been a member of various boards. For example, he is president of a foundation whose purpose is to identify and encourage the leaders of tomorrow in regional high schools.
Clarence B. (Shorty) Brown, C.M.
Shorty Brown has been an enthusiastic promoter of physical activity for decades. Settling in northern Canada in the 1950s, this respected entrepreneur was instrumental in organizing minor hockey in Yellowknife. He also launched the highly successful "Skates for the North" program, which has delivered over 8 000 pairs of skates and more than eight tons of hockey equipment to communities throughout the Arctic. His dedication has given young people a positive outlet through which they learn valuable life skills.
Joan Douglas Clayton, C.M.
For decades, she has united a network of corporate sponsors and an army of volunteers in the fight against poverty. Joan Clayton co-founded innovative collection and redistribution programs for food and clothing. Second Harvest gathers surplus food from caterers, hotels and restaurants, enabling shelters and other agencies in Toronto to serve over three million meals annually. Windfall Clothing Service distributes new garments, donated by manufacturers and retailers who support the program. This humanitarian has shown that cooperation and determination can make a difference for those in need.
George T.H. Cooper, C.M.
George Cooper is highly respected for his leadership, integrity and commitment to the public good. This lawyer has supported and promoted post-secondary education in Canada as managing trustee of the Killam Trusts, as chair of the Fulbright Scholarship and as a member of the board of governors of Dalhousie University and King's College. A senior partner at McInnes Cooper, he has also shared his business acumen with numerous corporate and community boards, including the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies, the Foundation for Legal Research and the Izaak Walton Killam Hospital for Children.
Laura Dodson, C.M.
For over 30 years, Laura Dodson has worked to preserve Niagara-on-the-Lake's rich history. Founded as the capital of Upper Canada over 200 years ago, the town boasts a number of heritage properties and other sites of historic significance. Among her greatest triumphs was the conservation of the Willowbank Estate in 2002, now a school of restoration arts. She lobbied politicians and granting agencies, showing great leadership as she successfully turned the tide of public opinion against excessive development and towards preserving our built heritage.
Arthur B.C. Drache, C.M.
A lawyer, columnist and author, Arthur Drache is a specialist in the tax treatment of charities, non-profit organizations and arts groups. Generous with his time and counsel, he has helped to support and strengthen the governance and financial administration of many such associations over the years. His numerous writings have provided valuable information on specialized taxation issues. A founding member of the National Charities and Non-Profit Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association, he has also been a member of Revenue Canada's advisory group on charities.
Abdo (Albert) El Tassi, C.M.
Albert El Tassi has promoted understanding, tolerance and respect in his community. A businessman, he has acted as a liaison for numerous immigrants and refugees seeking to begin new lives in Canada and has provided them with employment opportunities. Former president of the Manitoba Islamic Council, he has also supported the fundraising activities of various charitable organizations. His efforts have resulted in the creation of the Muslim Mosque, the Alhijra Islamic School and the Islamic Cultural Centre.
Stephanie L. Felesky, C.M.
Wherever Stephanie Felesky sees a need, she is there. One of Calgary's most dedicated citizens, she has turned her concern into action, using her abundant energy and clear vision to benefit a multitude of worthwhile causes. She is co-chair of the Calgary Children's Initiative, a community action group committed to creating systemic change that will enhance the quality of life for youth. She has also worked in support of the Calgary Homeless Foundation and the University of Calgary. In addition, she has made a decade-long commitment to the United Way, co-chairing its successful 2002 campaign.
Eldon Hay, C.M.
With intelligence, integrity and compassion, this human rights activist has championed a more tolerant, inclusive society. Professor Emeritus of religion at Mount Allison University and a United Church minister, Eldon Hay has provided determined leadership to PFLAG, a support group for parents, families and friends of gay, lesbian and bisexual persons. The first president of PFLAG Canada, he also leads local chapters in Atlantic Canada, where he is highly respected for his thoughtful perspective on human sexuality. A pillar of his community, he has made a lasting impression on the lives of his students, parishioners and the community at large.
Susan Dyer Knight, C.M.
With passion, vision and enthusiasm, Susan Knight has sparked a cultural revival of the choral arts in Newfoundland and Labrador. As founder and artistic director of the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir, she provides a community-based experience that evokes the rich musical heritage of her province. Her continuing dedication to choral music is illustrated by her founding of Festival 500 and through her participation in numerous provincial and national music organizations. A beloved mentor and innovator, she has developed young choristers into cultural ambassadors who promote Canadian music locally, nationally and internationally.
John Coleman Laidlaw, C.M.
His contributions to medical education, research and patient care make John Laidlaw an exemplary educator and physician. Whether as director of the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto or dean of medicine at McMaster University, he brought innovative changes to the training of young clinicians and encouraged them to focus on patient-centred health. Through his leadership roles, notably with Cancer Care Ontario, he has stressed the importance of good communication in providing quality care to patients.
James C. Langley, C.M.
As a career diplomat and later as an archeologist, James Langley has enhanced Canada's reputation abroad. While at the Department of Foreign Affairs, he served in many capacities, including ambassador to Mexico and Belgium and the Canadian permanent representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). After retiring from public service, he pursued a doctorate in archaeology. He was the first to decode the communication symbols used by the pre-Colombian civilization of Teotihuacan in Mexico. In addition, he was a founding director of the Canadian Society for Mesoamerican Studies.
Ronald Lou-Poy, C.M.
Ronald Lou-Poy exemplifies the adage that to give to one's community is both a responsibility and a privilege. A lawyer, he has promoted education and culture by lending his time and expertise to a number of organizations, including the Chinese Heritage Foundation, Crimestoppers and the McPherson Foundation. Chancellor of the University of Victoria, he is also known as a committed fundraiser. Notably, he contributed to the successful reconstruction of the Gate of Harmonious Interest, which stands as a symbolic entrance to the oldest Chinatown in Canada.
Margot Phaneuf, C.M.
As a professor of nursing science and an international consultant, Margot Phaneuf has been contributing to the development of her profession for more than 40 years. She is especially renowned as an outstanding teacher and made her talents available to Quebec colleges and universities before teaching in several countries in Europe and the Middle East. This remarkable educator has published many works that have been translated into several languages and are reference tools for nursing. Her teaching methods and writings have made a great contribution to raising the level of training in Canada and abroad.
Nancy Geddes Poole, C.M.
She has a long and distinguished record of community involvement and achievement. As executive director of the London Regional Art and Historical Museums, Nancy Poole was the driving force behind the revitalization of the city's cultural community. In addition, she has provided vision and leadership to numerous organizations, including the Mayor's Task Force on Poverty, the London Social Planning Council, the University of Western Ontario and the 2001 Canada Summer Games.
Timothy Porteous, C.M.
He is a strong and dedicated champion of the arts. After serving as a top level political strategist, Timothy Porteous moved to the Canada Council for the Arts, where he spent 12 years, three as director. Known for his integrity and determination, he was also highly regarded as president of the Ontario College of Art. His voluntary contributions over the years have been significant as well. The National Gallery of Canada, the National Arts Centre and numerous other organizations have benefited from his insight. In retirement, he continues to lend his expertise and enthusiasm to groups in the Vancouver area.
Tannis M. Richardson, C.M.
Tannis Richardson provides an inspiring example of community involvement. For decades, she has been a dedicated supporter of numerous health, cultural and social service organizations. She has been especially committed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Canada (JDRF), serving at the community and national levels as well as with JDRF International. In addition, she has given both time and funds to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Manitoba Opera Association and played an instrumental role in the development of the Winnipeg Art Gallery.
Douglas Riley, C.M.
Multi-talented and highly regarded, Doug Riley has made a vast contribution to music in Canada. A performer, arranger and composer, "Doctor Music" has collaborated on more than 300 albums with many of our best-known jazz, rock, pop, country and classical music artists. Renowned for his skills on the organ, he was named Jazz Organist of the Year for seven consecutive years by the Jazz Report. He also served as musical director of the Famous People Players for over 20 years. Actively involved in supporting community organizations, he plays numerous concerts in support of fundraising events and charities such as the Easter Seals, the United Way and the Princess Margaret Hospital Lodge.
Annette Saint-Pierre, C.M.
Annette Saint-Pierre is a prominent leader in the promotion of the francophonie in Western Canada. This former teacher introduced the first course in Western French Canadian literature at the Collège universitaire de Saint-Boniface. A writer and proud Manitoban, she played a vital role in preserving Gabrielle Roy's birthplace and converting it to a museum. Co-founder of the first two Franco-Manitoban publishing houses and the Centre d'études franco-canadiennes de l'Ouest, she has always been passionately interested in sharing her pride in the writers of her region and of French Canada.
Janet Somerville, C.M.
For decades, Janet Somerville has been an advocate for interfaith understanding, human rights and peace. Whether as a journalist, activist or teacher, she has provided a consistent example of faith in action. She was the first producer of CBC radio's Ideas and associate editor of the independent faith and justice-oriented newspaper Catholic New Times. In 1997, she was appointed General Secretary of the Canadian Council of Churches, the first woman and first Roman Catholic to hold this position. Described as a gracious yet forceful leader, she helped create a model of ecumenism admired worldwide and continues to be a strong voice on global social issues.
Howard E. Tennant, C.M.
Howard Tennant has led a distinguished career as an academic and administrator. Former professor of management and marketing and former dean of graduate studies and research at the University of Saskatchewan, he was known there for his integrity and innovation. Later, he served as president and vice-chancellor of the University of Lethbridge, which flourished under his leadership. Known for his insight at both the strategic and operational levels, he has also been involved in numerous business and research enterprises. In addition, he served as chairman of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and of the National Educational Advisory Board.
Ernest G. Walker, C.M., S.O.M.
Ernest Walker has increased public awareness and appreciation of the heritage of aboriginal people. Professor of anthropology and archaeology at the University of Saskatchewan, he was the driving force behind the development of Wanuskewin Heritage Park. He worked in close collaboration with the province's First Nations communities to preserve their archaeological treasures. Today, this heritage site is a thriving public attraction and a source of cultural pride. He is also a widely respected forensic anthropologist who has volunteered countless hours in assisting the RCMP and local police services across western Canada.
Vi Milstead Warren, C.M.
Renowned for her courage and determination, Vi Warren has been a role model and an inspiration to generations of pilots. In 1943 at the age of 24, she joined the British Air Transport Auxiliary and flew new fighter planes from factories to military bases across England and Allied Europe. She piloted 47 different types of aircraft, including Spitfires, Typhoons and Mosquitos, earning her the respect and admiration of her Royal Air Force peers. At war's end, she resumed her career as a flight instructor and pilot in Ontario and later became one of Canada's first women bush pilots.
Jonathan Wener, C.M.
As a prominent figure in the real estate industry, Jonathan Wener has shown vision, leadership and corporate responsibility within the community. Chairman and CEO of the Canderel Group of Companies, he founded the Urban Development Institute of Quebec. He is also passionately committed to supporting cancer research and launched the Défi Corporatif Canderel, now one of Montreal's most anticipated yearly corporate fundraising events. In addition, he has given unstinting personal support to Concordia University and the Sir Mortimer B. Davis – Jewish Memorial Hospital, among other organizations.
Betty Jane Wylie, C.M.
Her career as a writer has been diverse and enduring. A prolific playwright, Betty Jane Wylie has also written poetry, children's stories and non-fiction books on numerous topics. As well, she created several radio plays and had a daily column syndicated on radio stations across the country. After her husband's death, she penned the bestselling Beginnings: A Book for Widows, which has comforted countless people and launched her speaking career on the topic of widowhood. She has also given of her time to professional associations, serving as chair of the Writers' Union of Canada and in senior positions with the Playwrights Union of Canada.