Monday, October 27, 2008

Diane King Stuemer

Journalist, philanthropist

1950-1993; lived in Ottawa.

Born in Sarnia, Ontario.

Obtained a journalism degree from Carleton University in Ottawa.

After being diagnosed with melanoma, she and her husband, along with their three children, left their Ottawa home in 1997 and sailed around the world.

During the voyage, wrote weekly dispatches for the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, generating more response from the public than any series in the paper's history.

Ottawa readers still remember her weekly dispatches from exotic locations abroad, documenting the around-the-world sea voyage on their 43-foot sailboat, the Northern Magic, for four years.

Published the Voyage of the Northern Magic: A Family Odyssey with McClelland & Stewart.

Passed away in March 2003 after a courageous battle with cancer.

The Diane King Stuemer Fellowship was established in the fall of 2005 as a unique opportunity for a graduating Carleton University student to apply his or her passion for writing and interest in world issues.

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