I look forward to growing Old and Wise and Audacious.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Little old Liberal Ladies.

Simma Holt was in Town at a book signing this past week. Memoirs of a Loose Cannon. I hadn't seen Simmering Holt for many years so I thought it would be a good thing to visit the Laughing Oyster Bookstore, buy her volume, and get her autograph. As per the old Simma, she was unchanged still opinionated, still off in all directions the book appropriately named a Loose cannon for a reason.

For those of you who don't remember Simma Holt, she was the Member of Parliament for Vancouver Kingsway in the mid 1970's during some of the Trudeau years, a journalist, author and writer, former member of the National Parole Board.I have read a few of her books, the one that stands out was a Biography "The Other Mrs Diefenbaker" which I enjoyed learning about the spouse of a prominent leader of the Official Opposition. I have not read the latest book but I'm told the title says it all. Before I pass any further judgement I shall read it.

Has anybody out there read it?

Friday, January 02, 2009

35 years for a promotion.

Congratulations are in store for the recent Officer to the Order of Canada. Can there be a better way to start off a New Year. From a Member to an Officer will it take another 35 years to be named a Companion. Congratulations my friend.

Iona Campagnolo, PC, CM, OBC

Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia (formerly, Chair, Fraser Basin Council)

The Honourable Iona Campagnolo, PC, CM, OBC, is British Columbias 27th Lieutenant-Governor. Campagnolo, a native of BC, began her distinguished public service in 1966 as a school trustee and later served as an Alderman in local government. Recognized on a national level for her community contributions and leadership in Prince Rupert, Campagnolo was honoured in 1973 with the Order of Canada. Shortly thereafter she was elected as the first woman Member of Parliament for Skeena; this was followed by her appointment to the Cabinet of Pierre Elliott Trudeau in 1976. In 1982 she was elected as the first woman President of the Liberal Party of Canada.

One of many founders of the Fraser Basin Council, Campagnolo chaired this distinguished body of British Columbians in its role as a non-government organization dedicated to sustainability. Campagnolo is also the founding Chancellor of the University of Northern British Columbia, former Director of the North-South Institute, the Southern Africa Education Trust, Project Agnola and the Arctic Institute of North American and the International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development.