The following passages are adapted from the new senators’ introductions in the Senate Chamber.
From Botswana, to Indonesia, to Bolivia and to First Nations and Métis communities across Canada, Senator Mary Coyle has devoted her career to helping people, especially women, youth and Indigenous Peoples, acquire tools and resources to lead and succeed. She brings together a perspective that incorporates both a macro world-view with an understanding of how support and engagement at the grassroots can help build change for the better.
Senator Mary Jane McCallum has spent her career serving and healing in First Nations, northern and Indigenous communities across Manitoba. From dental services, to prenatal health and diabetes programs, to housing and education, Senator McCallum has demonstrated a holistic approach to community wellbeing that is inspiring.
Senator David Adams Richards has written more than 30 books and has become one of Canada’s most decorated writers. Among his honours, he won the Giller Prize, two Gemini Awards for scriptwriting, the Canadian Authors Association Award and the Matt Cohen Award for a distinguished lifetime of contribution to Canadian literature. Senator Richards is also one of only three writers to have won both the fiction and non-fiction categories of the Governor General’s Literary Award.