Waking up this morning, I am still elated about the historic occurrence of yesterday. Viola Desmond is going to be on the Canadian $10. bill in 2018. You can imagine the celebrations in across the country and Nova Scotia. Our young women and girls have a great deal to be proud of. These women are accessible to us. They give of their time, devoted and are committed to the cause of breaking down barriers.
As I count down to March 8, 2017, International Women's Day, I could not help but reflect on the day when Michelle Jean was installed at Governor General of Canada. My husband David and I were privileged to attend her installation in 2005. We shared a special moment when she visited Halifax in 2006. That was a powerful and emotional experience for me and my daughter as new immigrants to Canada.
When Mayann Francis, became Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, and I visited Government House inhere the Queen resides or any royal visitor to Nova Scotia, and there in the hallway on either side of the Queen were these two black women, Mayann Francis and Michael Jean. I stood there in awe and reflected on us as black women. What an incredible sight I thought? As we entered the main room there also hung a portrait of Viola Desmond. It was ironic that Mayann Francis, the first woman of African Nova Scotian descent, to serve as Queen's representative for Nova Scotia also signed the first ever posthumous free pardon in Canadian history that was given to Mrs Desmond.
Yesterday, December 8, 2016, we witnessed Viola Desmond being honoured by becoming the first woman and black woman on the $10.00 bill in Canada. Once again stood another First Black woman, Dr Wanda Thomas Bernard, Senator (2016), from Nova Scotia, speaking on the news about Viola Desmond and what this means for us a women. In the midst of it all was Wanda Robson, Viola Desmond's 89 year old sister, who tireless campaigned for her cause and to get Viola's history taught in schools across Nova Scotia and Canada.
They are indeed "women who have influenced me." and I am so proud to be a part of this history. After all itis 2016.