The following passages are adapted from the new senators’ introductions in the Senate Chamber.

Senator Mary Coyle (centre) is welcomed to the Senate Chamber by Senator Peter Harder (right) and Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard (left)

Senator Mary Coyle, Nova Scotia


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.

Sworn in on December 13, 2017.


Senator Mary Jane McCallum (centre), joined by Senator Peter Harder (left) and Senator Lillian Eva Dyck (right), is sworn into the Senate.

Senator Mary Jane McCallum, Manitoba


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.

Sworn in on December 13, 2017.



Senator David Adams Richards (seated) joins the upper chamber, flanked by <a href=''>Senate Speaker George J. Furey</a>, Clerk of the Senate Nicole Proulx and <a href=''>Usher of the Black Rod J. Greg Peters</a>.

Senator David Adams Richards, New Brunswick


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. 

Sworn in on September 19, 2017.

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