Honourable senators, today I draw your attention to the extraordinary accomplishments of professional golfer Lorie Kane of Prince Edward Island. Ms. Kane will join Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and receive the Order of Sport award. That’s Canada’s highest sporting honour. She will be the fourth Islander to earn a spot in the Hall of Fame and the first in more than 50 years.
In addition to this latest honour, Ms. Kane has four LPGA tour victories, has been named Canadian Female Athlete of the Year twice, and is a member of the PEI Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Golf Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Order of Canada.
Lorie Kane has been active in the charitable sector as the first ambassador of KidSport PEI, an organization that helps remove the financial barriers that limit some children from participating in sport. She also collaborated with McDonald’s to start the Lorie Kane Charity Golf Classic in support of McDonald’s children’s charities. Most recently, she collaborated with Canadian Pacific on its CP Has Heart program. During the week of the Canadian Open, CP matches funds raised for pediatric heart care.
Perhaps most importantly, Ms. Kane has been a role model for Island children for over three decades. In turn, the local folks supported her. As Lorie told The Guardian newspaper, “The support [from Prince Edward Islanders] never died, and it still hasn’t until this day.”
I hope that all of you will join with me and all Prince Edward Islanders in celebrating Lorie Kane’s latest achievement, her entrance into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Thank you.