That was the very day that Mary Simon, 2 years my senior, became "Her Excellency, the Governor General of Canada.
The Governor General (shown above) was born in Northern Quebec at either one or the other of the two very similarly named locations shown in the map below.
In her acceptance speak in the Senate Chamber the Governor General included the remarks that...
But above these three is the the Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order. This is awarded to the Governor General. Above these of course is the Sovereign of the medal, the King or Queen.
Shown above is the Order of Canada awarded to the Governor General. Below this is the very medal worn by the last GG, who resigned about 5 months ago under rather interesting circumstances.
Some 39 years ago my mother was awarded the Order of Canada at the member level. At about that time I recall that My father contacted me while living in Nova Scotia, a brother and sister living in Ontario, a sister in Alberta and another sister in BC to join efforts in an exciting project.
We were all asked to share with him the costs of purchasing a gorgeous memorial Order of Canada plate like the one below. We were all thrilled with the idea and the plate is still in the family as a treasured keepsake. A reminder to all of us and those visiting our homes of the pride we all have in our mother's accomplishments over many decades in Canada and abroad resulting her being awarded the Order of Canada. Here is a picture of one of those precious gold trimmed plates...
Hope you will join me then,