Illuminations Luncheon with Margaret Trudeau
The BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre Foundation’s
10th Annual Illuminations Fundraising Luncheon
with speaker, Margaret Trudeau
Thursday, November 12, 2009
at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Vancouver.
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Margaret TrudeauIn 1971, at age 22, Margaret Trudeau became the youngest First Lady in the world when she married Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau. She has led a rich and interesting life by raising five children and traveling the country and the world extensively.
After leaving the reigning head of state in 1977, Margaret went on to become a photographer, actress, writer and television host. She has authored two books, Beyond Reason, and Consequences.
For all her adult life, Margaret Trudeau has suffered from the debilitating effects of her bipolar condition. Now, after seeking medical treatment that has given her life balance and happiness, she advocates strongly on mental health issues, helping people overcome the stigma of mental illness that often prevents sufferers from getting help. She is working with The Royal Ottawa Hospital to raise funds for their new hospital and raise public awareness of mental health issues.
Trudeau now sits on the Executive Advisory Board of the UBC Mental Health Institute. She will further her knowledge of mental health issues and gain new insights into the diagnosis and treatment of some of the most challenging issues in modern medicine.
She is also the Honorary President of WaterCan, a charitable Canadian non-governmental agency dedicated to helping the poorest communities in developing countries build sustainable water supply and sanitation services. Their mission is to educate and raise public awareness of the essential nature of pure water. Margaret has traveled three times to Africa with Watercan and is very knowledgeable on water issues and the impending global water crisis.
Margaret Trudeau has garnered more publicity than any woman in Canadian history. Throughout, she has kept her sense of humour and spontaneity. She has wonderful stories to tell and a strong, clear message on the importance of finding a balance of mind, body and spirit.
photo credit: Heidi Hollinger