The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson

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The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson

Former Governor General of Canada

The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson stands alone when it comes to providing compelling insights into Canadian culture. The 26th Governor General of Canada (1999-2005), Madame Clarkson has travelled the breadth and depth of the country, articulating the importance of involved citizenship and engaging Canadians in a spirited dialogue about our shared history.

Madame Clarkson has served as chair on the boards of the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now Canadian Museum of History) and the Canadian War Museum. Since leaving the office of the Governor General, Madame Clarkson co-founded and co-chairs the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), which seeks to help accelerate new citizens’ integration into Canadian life. One of the ICC’s original programs is the Cultural Access Pass, which gives a new Canadian citizen and their family free entry to over 1,400 cultural institutions, and provincial and national parks across the country.

Madame Clarkson has also written several books since she was Governor General, including her memoirs Heart Matters in 2006, a biography of Dr. Norman Bethune for Penguin’s Extraordinary Canadians series in 2009, and stories of the Canadian immigrant experience entitled Room for All of Us in 2011. In 2014, she delivered the CBC Massey Lectures, Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship.

During her time as Governor General, Madame Clarkson enjoyed her strong connection to the military as their Commander-in-Chief. In 2007, she was offered the opportunity to continue her involvement with the Canadian Forces, by becoming the Colonel-in-Chief of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.

In 2009, Madame Clarkson established the Clarkson Cup as the Championship Cup for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League.

She is a Privy Councillor and Companion of the Order of Canada.

Reconnue universellement comme ayant rehaussé la fonction de gouverneur général, Mme Clarkson a executé ses fonctions au-delà de celles prescrites dans le serment qu’elle a prêté lorsqu’elle a endossé son nouveau rôle. En parcourant le Canada, Mme Clarkson a véhiculé un concept de citoyenneté axé sur la compassion, a tiré de notre histoire commune des réflexions inspirantes et a invité les Canadiens à poursuivre un dialogue sur le bien-être général de la population. Elle a parallèlement continué à promouvoir la culture, le bilinguisme et les arts au Canada, et ce, avec passion et imagination.

Adrienne Clarkson a entamé sa brillante carrière à CBC en 1965 à titre d’auteure, de réalisatrice, de directrice de production et d’animatrice. Après avoir été la première à occuper le poste de déléguée générale de l’Ontario à Paris et celui de présidente et éditrice de MaClelland et Stewart, elle a effectué un retour à CBC en 1988 où elle a travaillé comme chef de production, animatrice et auteure d’émissions variées telles que Adrienne Clarkson Presents.

Son autobiographie Le Coeur au poing dont elle est l’auteure, est le récit d’un parcours étonnant mené dans le triomphe et le tumulte. Mme Clarkson, une femme calme et sereine, révèle que la vie n’était pas toujours aussi facile qu’elle semblait l’être et elle se penche avec candeur et déchirement sur les peines endurées durant ses premières années.

Les marques de reconnaissance qui lui ont été témoignées pour sa contribution dans des domaines professionnels et de bienfaisance ont été aussi variées que les récompenses elles-mêmes. Alors qu’elle était étudiante, elle a gagné la Médaille académique du Gouverneur général. Son travail à la télévision lui a valu de nombeux prix de diffusion au Canada et aux États-Unis comme les prix ACTRA, Gémeau et Columbus. Elle est titulaire de 21 doctorats honorifiques et a été élevée au grade d’Officier de l’Ordre du Canada. Elle a également été nommée Chancelière et Compagnon principal de l’Ordre du Canada lors de son investiture comme Gouverneure générale en 1999.


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