I was honored to be included but at first I didn’t want to go.
Then I was really excited about going.
I just tried not to think about it.
And then I didn’t really think about it all the way up until the morning we had to leave when I realized I probably should have thought about what I was going to wear at least a day in advance.
A fashion crisis ensued.
Then there was my hair…
All these little details were just the right amount of distraction to keep from thinking about the reception I was about to attend hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
That’s right, The Queen’s representative for the province of Ontario. I wasn’t nearly as nervous as the last time I met Her Honour at The Great Lakes art show opening reception but it’s not like I was calm, cool, and collected either.
So on Wednesday afternoon Darren and I drove two hours to Toronto, had a taco salad car picnic on the lakeshore, watched the rise and fall of some beautifully eerie fog over Lake Ontario, then made our way to Queen’s Park.
The occasion? The first opening reception for a project called 150 Stories.
150 Stories is a collection of new stories and images that speak eloquently about what it means to be Canadian in Ontario. Listening to each other is a first step in creating the communities and country of which we can be proud. Let thoughtful and peaceful engagement be our gift to the future and our legacy to the world at large.
You see, this year Canada turns 150 years old, and the office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario has chosen to commemorate it by collecting stories from across the province and publishing them all together in a book. And they’re using one of my photographs to help illustrate it.
I’m honoured to be in the company of Jane Urquhart, Peter Mansbridge, and Gordon Lightfoot. And I’m very thankful to Her Honour Elizabeth Dowdeswell and the project curator Debi Perna for including me!
Check out the whole project by clicking here.
18 thoughts on “Canada 150 // 150 Stories”
Congratulations Jennifer! I have long loved this photo and think it’s a perfect inclusion in this collection.
Thanks Lisa! I agree! For me this photograph definitely represents Lake Erie.
SO Wonderful!! I’m glad you are getting some of the recognition that you deserve!!! <3 <3 <3 8*)
Thanks Melissa! It was such a fun project to be a part of!
This is amazing. Congratulations. I received your card the other day. What a nice touch. Best of luck and thank you
Thanks Anahita! I’m so glad you liked my card. Enjoy your new photograph!
Congrats! If we lived closer, I would’ve loved to have done a scarf consultation.
Thanks Fran! Ha ha! I definitely need fashion help! Why’s it soooo much easier to shop for home decor??
Wow! You are unstoppable! Congratulations Jen. Matthew
Thanks Matt! Too bad it was such I busy day, or I would have stopped by the studio.
So happy to hear and so proud of you Jen! You rock!!!!!!
Thanks Danielle! We’re doing happy dances over here too!
What a lovely honor! And a beautiful photo!
Thanks Anne! It truly was an honor!
Jennifer – So proud for you! As an artisan, you deserve to be included! Cheers to the celebrations and acknowledgements, my friend!
Thanks Cheryl! Such a fun project with lots of interesting stories!
I’m so proud of you for all your hard work and accomplishments. Also for sharing your art that is beautiful and inspirational.
I couldn’t have done it without all your support and encouragement Hubbie! You’re pretty amazing!