In October 2006 Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, graciously agreed to act as Honorary Patron of the Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation. She continued in that role until the end of her term as Governor General of Canada.
Madame Jean was born in Port au Prince, Haiti. As a young child in 1968, she and her family left her native country and sought refuge in Canada.
Madame Jean's sense of social commitment and her appreciation of national and international realities led her to journalism. For eighteen years, she was a highly regarded journalist and anchor of information programs. Her Excellency has won numerous honours and awards for her professional achievements, including: the Human Rights League of Canada's 1989 Media Award for her report titled La pasionaria, on the struggle of an immigrant woman in Québec.
Since the end of her term as Governor General in October 2010, Madame Jean has continued to be active in many different roles. These include: Special Envoy of UNESCO to Haiti where she tried to help after the devastating earthquake in 2010; Chancellor of the University of Ottawa in 2012. Since 2014 she is Secretary General of the Organisation international de la Francophonie.
For the speech of Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean on the Occasion of the Unveiling of a Commemorative Plaque in Honour of Hungarian-Canadians, click here.
CHEF’s Reporting Letter to the Governor General in October 2008:
Letter to the Governor General
CHEF’s Activity Report 2006-2008: CHEF Activity Report