Myra Freeman

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Myra Freeman

29th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
In office
May 17, 2000 – September 7, 2006
MonarchElizabeth II
Governor GeneralAdrienne Clarkson
Michaëlle Jean
PremierJohn Hamm
Rodney MacDonald
Preceded byJames Kinley
Succeeded byMayann Francis
Personal details
Born
Myra Ava Holtzman

(1949-05-17) May 17, 1949 (age 70)
Saint John, New Brunswick
Spouse(s)Larry
ProfessionTeacher

Myra Ava Freeman, CM ONS MSM CD (born May 17, 1949) is a Canadian philanthropist, teacher, the 29th and first female Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

Freeman was born Myra Ava Holtzman in Saint John, New Brunswick, the daughter of Anne Golda (Freedman), a homemaker, and Harry Holtzman, a businessman.[1] She graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education. In 1971, she started teaching with the Halifax Regional School Board until her appointment.

She was appointed Lieutenant Governor in 2000 by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, on the advice of Jean Chrétien. She served as lieutenant governor until September 7, 2006.

Freeman and her husband, Larry, have three children: Daniel M. Freeman, Jonathan Freeman and Debra Freeman.

In her childhood, Freeman was a member of the Girl Guides of Canada, participating in Guiding youth programs.[2]

Honours[edit]


Order of Canada (CM) ribbon bar.png Order of St John (UK) ribbon.png
Order Nova Scotia ribbon bar.svg MSM Ribbon-military.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png CAN Canadian Forces Decoration ribbon.svg

Ribbon Description Notes
Order of Canada (CM) ribbon bar.png Order of Canada (CM)
  • Member
  • 1 July 2008.
Order of St John (UK) ribbon.png Order of St John (D.StJ)
  • 2000.
  • Dame of Justice and Vice Prior
Order Nova Scotia ribbon bar.svg Order of Nova Scotia (ONS)
  • 2001.
  • First Recipient and First Chancellor
MSM Ribbon-military.png Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)
  • 12 September 2013.
  • Military Division
  • [3]
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 2002.
  • Canadian version of this medal
CAN Canadian Forces Decoration ribbon.svg Canadian Forces Decoration (CD)


Honorary degrees
Location Date School Degree
 Nova Scotia 2004 Mount Saint Vincent University Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) [4]
 Nova Scotia May 2005 Cape Breton University Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [5]
 Nova Scotia 2007 Acadia University Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) [6]
 Nova Scotia May 2007 Saint Mary's University Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) [7]
 Nova Scotia 2008 St. Francis Xavier University Doctor of Laws (LL.D)
 Nova Scotia May 2011 Dalhousie University Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [8]


Honorary military appointments[edit]

Arms[edit]

Coat of arms of Myra Freeman
Myra Freeman Arms.svg
Notes
The arms of Myra Freeman consist of:[9]
Crest
A demi lion Azure semé of ermine spots, wearing a coronet erablé, holding in its dexter paw a laurel wreath and in its sinister paw a balance, all Or.
Escutcheon
Azure an ancient Hebrew tent between three menorahs Or.
Supporters
Two lions Or each gorged with a collar of mayflowers (Epigaea repens) proper and maple leaves Vert pendent therefrom a hurt, that on the dexter charged with an open book, that on the sinister charged with a sun in splendour Or.
Compartment
A grassy mound set to the dexter with palm trees and to the sinister with pine trees proper, the whole above a base wavy Argent charged with a bar wavy Azure.
Motto
If You Will It * It Is No Dream

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/freeman-myra-ava
  2. ^ "Myra A. Freeman | The Canadian Encyclopedia". www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca. Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  3. ^ https://www.gg.ca/en/honours/recipients/139-856
  4. ^ https://www.msvu.ca/en/home/aboutus/universityprofile/senate/honorarydegrees.aspx
  5. ^ https://www.cbu.ca/alumni/honorary-degree-recipients/
  6. ^ https://www2.acadiau.ca/alumni-friends/alumni/awards/honorary-degrees.html
  7. ^ https://smu.ca/academics/archives/honorary-degrees.html
  8. ^ https://www.dal.ca/academics/convocation/history_traditions/honorary_degree_recipients/hon_degree_2011/myra_freeman.html
  9. ^ Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume IV), Ottawa, 2002