Orange Ribbon Campaign - Celebrating Refugees: Adrienne Clarkson

As one of our planet's most politically and economically stable countries, awash in natural resources with a firmly structured social democracy, Canada has both the ability and the international responsibility to bring refugees into the country. That being said doing so is also a necessity.

Without robust and multi-faceted immigration, demographic changes put increasing pressure on Canada's fast shrinking youth population. Diversity in a nation's population is also integrally linked with economic growth, and Canada’s official stance of multiculturalism serves to advance the benefits of diversity and inclusion as well as any country in the world.

Take a moment and do a Google search for the qualities employers most look for and traits like flexibility, loyalty, resiliency and hard-working are always at the top of the list. Study after study and first hand account after first hand account reveal refugees as being highly likely to have these traits. Moreover, they are often grateful when they find work. What is often forgotten is that these men, women and children have conquered the most difficult and often tragic of circumstances, losing everything, traversing unimaginable challenges and overcoming one roadblock after another - often just to stay alive. Those who make it to Canada are versatile and purposeful, they have gathered and calibrated large amounts of information, and adapted to environments that left no less than an unknown future staring back at them.

Throughout the month we will highlight some of those who arrived in Canada as refugees. Adrienne Louise Clarkson is a Hong Kong-born Canadian journalist, politician, and stateswoman who served as Governor General of Canada, the 26th since Canadian Confederation.

Clarkson arrived in Canada with her family in 1941, as a refugee from Japanese-occupied Hong Kong, and was raised in Ottawa. After receiving a number of university degrees, Clarkson worked as a producer and broadcaster for CBC and a journalist for a variety of magazines. Her first diplomatic posting came in the early 1980s, when she promoted Ontarian culture in France and other European countries.

In 1999 she was appointed Governor General by Queen Elizabeth II, on the recommendation of Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chr├ętien and she occupied the post until 2005. On October 3, 2005, Clarkson was sworn into the Queen's Privy Council for Canada. She subsequently published her memoirs, founded the Institute for Canadian Citizenship, and became Colonel-in-Chief of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.

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