OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2012) -
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Almas Jiwani, President of UN Women Canada National Committee, offers her sincere congratulations to Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean on the unveiling of her official portrait to become part of the Crown Collection of the Official Residences. The official portrait of the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, was painted by Karen Bailey, an Ottawa artist.
Commenting from Istanbul, Turkey, Jiwani stated: "Her Excellency, The Right Honorable, Michaëlle Jean, has forged a lasting legacy for women and girls all across the world through her humanitarian and public service pursuits as the 27th Governor General of Canada. It is my distinct honor and privilege to congratulate Mme. Jean and Ms. Bailey, whose painting of Mme. Jean's will grace the Official Residence of Rideau Hall. As one of Canada's foremost icons of equality, empowerment and hope, Mme. Jean's legacy and contributions to our great country of Canada will be immortalized in the artistic masterpiece. Honorable Michaëlle Jean is an inspiration to me and millions of Canadian women and girls around the world and if her history is but a foreshadowing of her future - women's gender equality has a lifelong friend."
At the portrait unveiling event on Thursday, September 29th at Rideau Hall, Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean spoke about the inspiration behind the artists work: "The landscape that inspires me in our country and that is breathtaking, of infinite beauty, is the human landscape. The magnificent landscape of women and men of courage and heart; that is what the wonderful and profound Canadian artist Karen Bailey and I talked about for the official portrait. I could not see myself standing alone on the canvas. Simply because I never stood, nor walked alone on this wonderful journey across the country. It wasn't about me alone, never. It was always about those women and men, from all walks of life, showing us, from their knowledge and experience, the vast range of what is possible for us all, etching upon our memories the breadth of our aspirations, holding out a mirror that reveals the gap between what we are and what we aspire to be. It was also about the very creative, very socially engaged youth in motion, teaching us the power of the arts for action, arts for change; in other words: creativity and social innovation for better communities. We continue to support these young Canadians' transformative actions, through my governor general legacy project, The Michaëlle Jean Foundation."
The commissioning of official portraits of former governors general is a long-standing tradition dating back to 1898. The idea was initiated by Lady Minto-wife of then-Governor General Lord Minto-and became reality when it was formally adopted by the subsequent governor general, Lord Grey.
As custodian of the Official Residences and its collections, the National Capital Commission has the responsibility to manage the contract for the commissioning of governor general portraits.
About UN Women Canada National Committee
UN Women Canada National Committee raises the UN Women's profile and promotes its work in Canada; raises funds for UN Women projects; creates awareness within the Canadian governments for increased funding for UN Women projects; and encourages non-governmental organizations to promote and support UN Women initiatives.
To view the official portrait of the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, 27th Governor General of Canada, visit http://www.gg.ca/index.aspx?id=644.
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