Thursday, August 4, 2011

Jeanne Sauvé

Journalist, politician, stateswoman

Born Jeanne Benoît in 1922 in Prud’homme, Saskatchewan; died in 1993.

Educated in Ottawa and in Paris.

Worked as a journalist for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

In 1964, became the first women to be elected president of l'Institut canadien des affaires publiques, a French Canadian think tank that held annual conferences on issues of significant national importance.

Elected to the House of Commons in 1972; served as Minister of the Crown until 1980.

First woman Speaker of the House of Commons (Parliament of Canada in Ottawa), served in this position from 1980 to 1984.

First woman to serve as Canada's governor general from 1984 to 1990.

Was named Companion of the Order of Canada and Commander of the Order of Military Merit in 1984, member of the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jérusalem and winner of the Canadian Centennial Medal in 1967 and the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 1977.

Founded and worked with the Sauvé Foundation for youth until her death in 1993.é

No comments: