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.