Gerda Hnatyshyn

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Karen Gerda Hnatyshyn, CC (née Karen Gerda Nygaard Andreasen) (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1935) was the wife of Ray Hnatyshyn, Governor General of Canada from 1990 to 1995, and served as viceregal consort during Ray Hnatyshyn's term of office. She attended the University of Saskatchewan and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and Nutrition. After an internship at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, she worked as a hospital dietician in Saskatoon and Ottawa.[1] She married Hnatyshyn in January 1960.[2] The couple had two sons, John Georg Hnatyshyn and Carl Andrew Nygaard Hnatyshyn.[1][2]

As the spouse of a Governor General, she was also invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada upon Ray Hnatyshyn's swearing-in.

She co-authored Rideau Hall: Canada's Living Heritage, about Rideau Hall, in 1994 with the proceeds going to make purchases of art and furnishings for the official residence. She also worked with the Canadian Heritage Garden Foundation to develop a heritage garden in the grounds of Rideau Hall.[1][2]

Gerda Hnatyshyn is currently president and chair of the Hnatyshyn Foundation, an arts granting organization.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "Board of the Hnatyshyn Foundation". Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "Ray Hnatyshyn". The Governor General of Canada. Retrieved 10 November 2010. 
Order of precedence
Preceded by
Michaëlle Jean
Canadian order of precedence
Succeeded by
Diana Fowler LeBlanc
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Maurice Sauvé
Viceregal Consort of Canada
Succeeded by
Diana Fowler LeBlanc