Since 1999 my work with the different Governor Generals of Canada has been nothing short of a honour. Each one in their own right touched me with their passions, openness, and mutual love of our country: the land that binds so many from so many places. With Romeo Leblanc and the first Aboriginal Day, Adrienne Clarkson and her celebration of the arts and cultural fabric of modern Canada, Michelle Jean and her tireless work for countries in need of a hand, to Governor General David Johnston and his open handshakes to marathon runners at the steps of Rideau Hall I learned more about Canada, its place in the world and my own understanding of what it means to live in Canada in 2019.
So to say I’m very excited to have
#DavidJohnston “Trust: Twenty Ways to Build a Better Country” in my hands now may be a tab bit of an understatement. For four years I had the privilege to work with him and his staff professionally, to talk of Canada, children and running. Through all my meetings and interactions with him none was more insightful then when I would see him greeting all the runners with a warm smile, handshake and proverbial “You can do it.”
Standing there waiting for the next runner he said you matter; each and every one of those that ran by. For in his vision of Canada we all matter, the strong and weak. So as I get ready to read Trust, I do so with the knowledge that by number 20 my life and my vision of Canada will forever be influenced and that I will share that vision with others to keep building Canada’s future from some of its greatest citizens.