The Rt. Hon. Adrienne Clarkson, the Honorary Chair of the National Institute on Aging Board of Advisors, made the astonishing journey from penniless child refugee to accomplished broadcaster, journalist and distinguished public servant in a multi-faceted lifetime. Madame Clarkson was Canada’s 26th Governor General from 1999-2005. When she left Rideau Hall, she co-founded the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, which aims to help new citizens to feel involved and included in Canadian life. Madame Clarkson is a Companion of the Order of Canada and has received 28 Honorary Degrees from universities in Canada and abroad. Madame Clarkson is the bestselling author of the 2014 CBC Massey Lectures’ Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship; Room for All of Us: Surprising Stories of Loss and Transformation; Heart Matters: A Memoir; and the biography Extraordinary Canadians: Norman Bethune.
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