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Honourable Pamela Wallin, O.C., S.O.M.
The Honourable Pamela Wallin, O.C., S.O.M. was appointed to the Senate of Canada on December 22, 2008, and elected deputy chair, then chair of the Senate's National Security and Defence Committee, as well as sitting on both the Veterans Affairs and the Foreign Affairs & International Trade Committees.
Following the tragic and tumultuous events of 9/11 she was asked to serve her country as Canada's Consul General in New York from 2002-2006.Then, at the request of Prime Minister Harper, she was named one of five eminent persons on the special Independent Panel on Canada's Future Role in Afghanistan in 2007 - 2008.
Pamela is an Officer of the Order of Canada, having received Canada's highest civilian honour in 2007, and receiving the Saskatchewan Order of Merit in 1999.
She has fourteen Honorary Doctorates and among many other honors, she has been named to the Canadian Broadcasting Hall of Fame, she received a national Visionary Award in Canada, and has been recognized four times by Queen Elizabeth II for her public service and achievements.
In 1995, the citizens of her hometown of Wadena, Saskatchewan dedicated a street in her honour, Pamela Wallin Drive.
She is the author of three books, including her best-selling autobiography Since You Asked (1998), Speaking of Success (2001), and The Comfort of Cats (2002).
The wide-ranging career of the journalist, diplomat, entrepreneur and Senator has always had a focus on politics and foreign policy.
Starting at CBC Radio, she moved on to the Toronto Star's Ottawa bureau, then to CTV where she hosted Canada AM, served as CTV's Ottawa bureau chief and anchored the CTV weekend news. In 1992, she became the first Canadian woman to co-anchor the nightly national television newscast Prime Time News.
In 1995, Pamela founded an independent television company, Pamela Wallin Productions, through which she hosted and produced several highly successful nightly interview programs. Her media background has proved invaluable in her subsequent public service.