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Citation for Denise Savoie

Denise Savoie is not afraid to take a stand on important issues. Such action defined her political career; however, it was her steadfast commitment to respectful dialogue that earned her the respect of allies and political opponents alike.

Denise served in elected office for 13 years, first as a Victoria city councillor and Capital Regional District director and then as elected member of parliament where she served until 2012.

Born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Denise is a teacher by profession. Her postings included time as a French teacher at Royal Roads Military College, the predecessor of Royal Roads University. Prior to entering politics she was an active volunteer with community associations and environmental groups. It was that desire to improve her community that brought her to elected office.

Her time as councillor and Capital Regional District director was marked by her leadership in taking principled stands on tough and sometimes unpopular issues. She is well known for her commitment to social justice and sustainability, as evidenced in many of her projects. She helped establish a regional housing trust in Greater Victoria and spearheaded the development of the Galloping Goose Trail.

Denise went to Ottawa to make a difference; to promote great civility in debate and greater accountability for actions. She earned the respect of her colleagues who elected her as Deputy Speaker of the House. Her balanced approach and commitment to public service sets an example for others to set aside partisan politics to work constructively for Canadians.

While serving as an MP, Denise was a consistent and responsive voice for her community, advocating for public engagement and the development of a sustainable economy. In particular, she made a point of encouraging other women to get involved with politics. She supported increasing access to affordable housing for seniors, creating a national childcare program and banning tankers from sensitive coastal waters.

For her service to our community and for her passion and commitment to the public good, Royal Roads University is proud to present Denise Savoie for the Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award.