Today is the birthday of Her Excellency The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, the current and 27th Governor General of Canada. She was born on this date in Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1957 and emigrated to Canada with her family when she was 11 to escape the Papa Doc Duvalier regime in 1968.
You know I have much love and admiration for her and I'm saddened to hear that her term as Governor General will be coming to an end on October 1. While her term as Canada's head of state is ending, it probably won't be the last time you see this talented lady on the world's stage.
Jean was appointed in June as UNESCO's special envoy in Haiti, with the job of supporting efforts to rebuild Haiti’s heritage infrastructure and national education system.
But I wasn't going to let her birthday slide by without recognizing the together and fly African descended sister who resides in Rideau Hall until September 27.
Happy Birthday Your Excellency. May you have many more and much success in your new position.