Reclaiming the Commons wins the Ottawa Book Award

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Heather Menzies received the honour of the Ottawa Book Award for Non-Fiction on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.

 

Here is what the jurors said:

Jury Statement:

“In this eloquent memoir written from the heart, Menzies takes the reader on a fascinating trip to the Scotland of her ancestors to examine and retrace life on the Scottish Commons. With a light and at times poetic touch, she offers her insights into how the venerable wisdom of sharing and caring for the land might be applied today. A unique combination of memoir and manifesto, Reclaiming the Commons urges us to become participants in changing our world for the common good.”

Dr. Richard T. Clippingdale, Suzanne Evans and merilyn simonds

Read more about the city’s Book Award and Announcement.

Ottawa Citizen featured the winners, so read more.

Heather Menzies awarded Order of Canada

Heather Menzies portraitAfter a lifetime of contribution to Canadian ideas and society, Heather Menzies was awarded the Order of Canada on July 5, 2013.

The Governor-General’s Announcement on June 28, 2013.

Announcement in the Canada Gazette on July 6, 2013.

“Thirteen from National Capital Region among new Order of Canada appointees,” Ottawa Citizen article by Gemma Karstens-Smith on July 5, 2013.

“Author and Commons team member Heather Menzies receiving Order of Canada,” Gabriola Sounder News on July 9, 2013.