Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

April 15, 2007 01:24 ET

Message from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, on the Death of June Callwood

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 15, 2007) - "My husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond, and I were deeply saddened to learn that June Callwood had passed away earlier today, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Ms. Callwood was a truly inspiring Canadian personality. We will remember her as a woman with enormous energy who was guided by a strong moral compass. She was quick not only to recognize cases of injustice and inequality in Canada but also to take action in addressing such imbalances. June Callwood worked tirelessly to raise awareness of issues affecting women, young people and those suffering from HIV/AIDS. Where support services did not exist for people in desperate need, she worked to establish social agencies to help fill these voids-agencies that have brought stability and dignity to many people in vulnerable circumstances.

Ms. Callwood's passion for helping others was infectious. She sought to involve as many people as possible in making a lasting difference in their communities, encouraging them to contribute their expertise, their ideas and their time. In doing this, she has perhaps given us her most enduring legacy: sharing her spirit of compassion and communal activism with so many others who will continue the fight for human rights and justice for all.

In all of her undertakings, as a career journalist, writer and broadcaster, as a committed social activist and volunteer, as a loving mother and grandmother, she gave her utmost care and attention. Throughout, she has set a high standard for citizen engagement. For these many reasons she was invested as a Member of the Order of Canada in 1978 and was promoted to the level of Companion in 2001. Her life's work has been, and will continue to be, an inspiration to all of us.

On behalf of all Canadians, we extend our deepest sympathies to June Callwood's family and her many friends. She will be sorely missed."

Michaelle Jean

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