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Balfour Bowen, Lisa

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Lisa Balfour Bowen is a bilingual former Canadian journalist, who is best known for her political correspondence in Quebec. She has had a 35 year career, having been published in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Toronto Sun, The Gazette, Montreal Star, Maclean’s, Canadian Art, and others.

Balfour Bowen was born in Hamilton, ON, and studied at the University of Toronto, the Sorbonne, and Harvard. One of the most notable periods in her career was during the 1960s when she reported on political and social issues facing Quebec in the defunct Montreal Star. She was then appointed political correspondent in Quebec City’s National Assembly, making her the first female anglophone political correspondent appointed to this position. Due to her strong belief in supporting bilingualism, she worked as a bilingual policy adviser to the Government of Ontario’s Federal-Provincial Affairs Secretariat under Premiers John Robarts and Bill Davis.

Her philanthropic work has also been great and far reaching. She helped found French for the Future, and is a former director of the Toronto French School and the Alliance Française de Toronto. Balfour Bowen has had a great impact in the Toronto Arts community, helping to found and/or establish the Toronto Arts Awards, Tarragon Theatre, and the Friends of the Library, Trinity College.

Awards and honoraries she has received:

  • Ordre de la Pléiade (2001)
  • Ordre du Mérite Francophile (2001)
  • Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)
  • Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (2004)
  • Honorary Doctorate, Laurentian University (2008)
  • Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012)
  • Senior Fellow of Massey College (2012)
  • Honorary Doctorate, Université Sainte-Anne (2015)

Locke Family

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  • [1885]-2003

The Locke family patriarch was Robert Shaw Locke (1837-1911), a direct descendant of United Empire Loyalist Sir John Johnson. He married Florence Adelaide Sheldon in 1871 and the couple had four children, Sheldon, Robert Henry, Florence Alice and Herbert Alfred Edwin. The first two attended Trinity College. Theodore Sheldon Locke matriculated in 1890 At some point after he began at Trinity College he was the victim of an unfortunate hazing incident and suffered a nervous breakdown. He left the College, returning in 1892, but was never awarded a degree. He became a teacher, but his later years were spent in a retirement home. Robert Henry Locke, his brother, graduated in 1904, became a lawyer and was appointed to the American Supreme Court..Herbert Locke married Irene Anthes of Parkdale, a 1903 graduate, along with her sister Libby Anthes, of St. Hilda’s. Their brother Laurence did not attend Trinity but was active in dramatic productions at the College. Herbert and Irene Locke had four daughters; the eldest, Elizabeth Sheldon Locke (Lambe), was a 1933 graduate of St. Hilda’s. Her daughter Laurie Lambe Wallace graduated from Trinity College in 1968.

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