Trent Luminary: Distinguished Ambassador Lucie Edwards
Trent alumna Lucie Edwards describes the day she formally invited Nelson Mandela to become an honorary Canadian as the high point of her career in the Canadian Foreign Service. At the time, Ms. Edwards was Canada’s High Commissioner to South Africa, a post she held from 1999 to 2003.
Mr. Mandela often called up “my High Commissioner” to compare notes on African and Canadian politics. “I called him Tata, or grandfather,” Ms. Edwards fondly recalls.