Statement made on 03 April 2012 by Senator Catherine Callbeck
Hon. Catherine S. Callbeck:
Honourable senators, it is my distinct pleasure today to rise in recognition of an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to a greater understanding of the importance of the Prince Edward Island way of life.
Betty Howatt has a deep knowledge and understanding of the Island's plants and animals, one that comes from a lifetime of living close to the land. She has compiled that lifetime of experience in a most popular book called Tales from Willowshade Farm. In that book, she has shared her stories of gardening, wildlife, folklore, folk medicine, and memories of days gone by. She has also shared those stories through her regular CBC radio broadcast, gaining her a wide and receptive audience for her humour and wisdom.
Betty Howatt's commitment to the environment, agriculture and the history of Prince Edward Island has earned her the respect and admiration of her fellow Islanders. It has also brought official recognition. Last month, she was one of six individuals who were presented with the first Diamond Jubilee Medals in Prince Edward Island. The citation noted that she is a champion of Prince Edward Island's environmental and agricultural heritage. The medal was presented in recognition of her work in promoting environmental stewardship and the importance of farming to the Island's economy and way of life.
Last month also saw her presented with another prestigious award, the Award of Honour from the Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation. That award was presented for contributions in raising awareness of Island heritage and for her work on the board of the P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation for 12 years.
Many Canadians have made a major contribution to our understanding and appreciation of the world around us. Betty Howatt is one such individual. I would ask honourable senators to join me in recognizing her lifetime of achievement.