Hilary Weston

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The Honourable
Hilary M. Weston
CM, OOnt
Hilary M. Weston.jpg
26th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
In office
24 January, 1997 – 7 March, 2002
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Roméo LeBlanc
Adrienne Clarkson
Premier Mike Harris
Preceded by Hal Jackman
Succeeded by James K. Bartleman
Personal details
Born (1942-01-12) January 12, 1942 (age 72)
Dublin, Ireland
Spouse(s) Galen Weston
Profession businesswoman, writer

Hilary Mary Weston, CM OOnt (née Frayne; born January 12, 1942) was the 26th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, serving from 1997 to 2002. During her five-year tenure, Weston focussed on issues related to women, volunteerism, and young people, drawing public attention to people working with the homeless, in hospices and as mentors to at-risk youth.[1]

Background[edit]

Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, she worked as a model before marrying Galen Weston in 1966. They moved to Toronto in 1974, and Weston became a Canadian citizen. They have two married children, Alannah and Galen, Jr., and four grandchildren: two girls with Alannah and her husband Alex, and two boys with Galen and his wife Alexandra.[2]

Prior to her appointment as Lieutenant Governor, Weston spent over two decades working in business and in the fashion industry. As deputy chair of Holt Renfrew, she promoted Canadian design and merchandise. During the same time, she also served as director of Brown Thomas & Co. in Ireland, co-founded Torwest in the United States, and served as vice-chair and design director of the Windsor Club in Florida.

In 1979, Weston founded the Ireland Fund of Canada, a non-partisan, non-denominational organization that funds community projects in Ireland to promote peace. She continues to serve as an honorary patron of the organization.

An interest in early childhood education led Weston to serve as founding chair of the Mabin School in Toronto. She also co-founded and chaired the Canadian Environment Educational Foundation, and established the Winter Garden Show at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Weston has explored her longstanding interest in homes and gardens as co-author of two best-selling books, In a Canadian Garden (1989) and At Home in Canada (1995).

Since her retirement as Lieutenant Governor, Weston has spearheaded the most successful fundraising campaign in Canadian cultural history, which raised more than $250 million for the Royal Ontario Museum. She is patron of several organizations dealing with social issues, such as the Abbeyfield House Society, the Hospice Association of Ontario, the Landmine Survivors Network (later known as Survivor Corps), the Ontario March of Dimes and the Yonge Street Mission. Weston also devotes a significant proportion of her time, as well as her business and fashion expertise, to Selfridges, the London department store of which she is a director.

Honours[edit]

Weston served as the first chancellor of the Order of Ontario, and received the honour in 2001. She was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2003. She was invested as Dame of Justice in the Venerable Order of St. John in 1997, and received the Queen's 2002 Golden Jubilee Medal.

Ten post-secondary institutions have recognized Weston with honorary degrees, including the University of Western Ontario, University of St. Michael's College, University of Toronto, Massey College, Trinity College, Dublin and University College Dublin

Weston is the recipient of the 2009 YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction President’s Award, for modeling leadership in public and private life.


Order of Canada (CM) ribbon bar.png VOStJ ribbon.png Order Ontario ribbon bar.svg QEII Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png

Ribbon Description Notes
Order of Canada (CM) ribbon bar.png Order of Canada (CM) 2003
Order of St John (UK) ribbon.png Order of St. John (D.stJ) 1997
  • Dame of Justice
Order Ontario ribbon bar.svg Order of Ontario (O.ont) 2001
QEII Golden Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal 2002
  • Canadian Version of this Medal
QEII Diamond Jubilee Medal ribbon.png Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal 2012
  • Canadian Version of this Medal

Arms[edit]

Arms of Hilary Weston
Hilary Weston Arms.svg
Notes
The arms of Hilary Weston consist of:[3]
Crest
Upon a helmet mantled Azure doubled Or within a wreath of these colours issuant from a coronet erablé Argent the rim bearing a frieze of trefoils Vert a demi lioness Gules the sinister paw resting on a wheat sheaf Or the dexter paw holding a closed book bound Or edged Gules.
Escutcheon
Or a fess Azure semé of Ermine spots Or between in chief two bees volant and in base a panpipe Azure.
Supporters
Two mares Or the dexter gorged with a wreath of roses Gules the sinister gorged with a collar of ash leaves Vert.
Compartment
A grassy mound Vert.
Motto
Suaviter In Modo Fortiter In Re

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hilary Weston, "No Ordinary Time: Hilary Weston - My Years as Ontario's Lieutenant Governor," Whitfield Editions; (2007) ISBN 0-9781805-1-8.
  2. ^ http://www.writerstrust.com/News/News-(1)/Press-Release-Archive/Press-Releases/WT-Hilary-Weston-Prize.aspx
  3. ^ Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume III), Ottawa, 1998 

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