Thursday, October 2, 2008

Pauline Vanier


1898-1991; lived in Ottawa from 1959 to 1967.

Born in Montreal.

Wife of Georges Vanier, one of Canada's first professional diplomats, Canada's first ambassador to France and Canada's first Canadian-born French-speaking Governor General of Canada (1959-1967).

Madame Vanier was the first non-political woman to be appointed to the Queen's Privy Council for Canada. She was sworn in on April 11, 1967 as a sign of honour from Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson.

In 1967, she was made one of the first Companions of the Order of Canada for her humanitarian work.

She was appointed the first Chancellor of the University of Ottawa in 1966.

Her son Jean founded L'Arche to which Madame Vanier dedicated 19 years of her life after her husband's death.

Both Madame Vanier and her husband Georges have been nominated for beatification in the Roman Catholic Church because of their piety and love for humanity.

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