Saturday, February 11, 2012

Michaelle Jean - Spreading the Magic Within

Art and expression are precious natural — and national — resources, says Michaelle Jean.
During her five years as Canada’s governor-general, Jean’s natural creative impulses were often restricted by the rigours of protocol.

“I really tried to bring that institution where it had never been before,” she says exuberantly over the phone. “People would say, ‘We’ve never done it that way.’ The idea was to push the limits and to dare.”

Now creativity, gloriously protocol-free, is at the heart of a new mission, one that aims to bridge gaps between Canada’s most disadvantaged communities and the institutions that govern and, sometimes, overlook them.

Article written by Denise Ryan of the Vancouver Sun, Feb. 3, 2002.
Photo by Chris Wattie, of Reuters.

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