at the memorial of Sharon Capeling-Alakija
Kilgour, Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific) and Member of Parliament for Edmonton
Room 200, West
Block, House of Commons, December 10, 2003
Excellences, Mesdames, messieurs,
of Sharon all:
Welcome et bienvenu à tous. We're
gathered to celebrate the life of a remarkable woman. Sharon Capeling-Alakija
was born a Canadian. But through her selflessness, she became a citizen of the
work with CUSO, the UN Development Fund for Women, and the UN Volunteers is well
known. While at UNIFEM, she established the Noel Foundation Life Award, whose
recipients included the late Mother Theresa. As executive coordinator of the UN
Volunteers, she organized the International Year of the Volunteer in 2001. Among
other things, she oversaw the nearly 3,000 volunteers who worked with UN
personnel in East Timor during the transitional administration there. Ce
sont très peu nombreuses les personnes qui ont eu une carrière aussi distinguée
et remarquable que Mme Capeling.
was to have been awarded the Order of Canada this fall. Her illness prevented
her from attending her investiture in October, and I understand that her
children will be receiving the award on her behalf this week.
Sharon was a citizen of the world, but her life brought great honour to
Canadians and remains a beacon to all of us.