Legacy of Love & Learning (2009)


Legacy of Love & Learning (2009)

Dimensions:79.5" x 48" x 48"
Location: 5 St. Anne Street (Front Plaza, St. Albert Place)

This larger than life bronze statue of Lois Hole, the beloved former lieutenant-governor of Alberta who died in 2005, is located in St. Albert, Alberta. It was commissioned by the City as a tribute to its most widely known citizen: Lois Hole. The bronze monument was unveiled at City Hall on May 14, 2009 before a crowd of about 300, who were enthusiastic despite snow flurries and frigid temperatures. The statue will eventually be moved to Lois Hole Centennial Provincial Park.

Lois Hole was a popular figure in Albert: Politician, entrepreneur, gardener and author. The Lois Hole Library Legacy program, one of Hole's favourite projects, encouraged donations to purchase books. She served as a school trustee as well as University of Alberta chancellor, and was a keen promoter of education. Nicknamed the ”Queen of Hugs“, Hole is remembered for her caring nature and warm personality.

The monument was created by the renowned Alberta sculptor Barbara Paterson, who depicted Lois Hole with a child clutching a book. Paterson created this impressive tribute to Lois Hole over a four-year period, and was particularly pleased at the opportunity to commemorate her as they were friends for 15 years. Paterson wanted to create a tribute that showed her friend's love of children and learning.

The Honourable Lt. Lois Elisa Hole, C.M., A.O.E. was installed as Alberta’s 15th lieutenant Governor on February 10th, 2000.

A prominent businesswoman, lifelong education advocate, bestselling author and community supporter, Lois Hole was born and raised in Buchanan, Saskatchewan. She moved to Edmonton in her early teens and completed her secondary education at Strathcona Composite High School.[...] Widow of the late Ted Hole, she and Ted had and two sons, Bill and Jim and three grandchildren.

More than 50 years ago she and Ted bought a mixed farm on the Sturgeon River north of St. Albert, which they eventually diversified into a vegetable and mixed garden business. In 1979, their sons joined the business full-time and the farm was incorporated as Hole’s Greenhouses & Gardens Ltd, now one of the largest retail greenhouse operations in western Canada.

In 1967 Lois began her formal support of lifelong education when she was elected as a trustee for the Sturgeon School Division, which she eventually served for 14 years both as a trustee and as chairperson. From 1981 to 1998 she was a school trustee for the St. Albert School District #6. She was a member of the Athabasca University Governing Council from 1972 to 1983. In 1998 she was elected as Chancellor of the University of Alberta.

Lois was the author of 15 gardening books (all Canadian bestsellers), including a collection of life stories, photographs and growing information entitled I'll Never Marry a Farmer. Prior to becoming Lieutenant Governor, Lois gave hundreds of gardening talks across North America to thousands of people; had been a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail, the Edmonton Journal, the Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardener’s Companion and the Edmonton Sun; and had appeared regularly on the “Grapevine” segment of CBC TV’s Canadian Gardener.

Her Honour was a Member of the Order of Canada (1999). Chancellor of the Alberta Order of Excellence (2000), Dame of Justice, Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, and Honorary Patricia, 1st Batallion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, She has been awarded the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Humanitarian Award (2003) and received honourary degrees for the University of Alberta (2000), Athabasca University (1983), the University of Lethbridge (2004) and Olds college (1996).

She served as a director of the Farm Credit Corporation and as Honourary Chair for the 27th Canadian Congress on criminal Justice and for the Children's Millennium Fund. She also served as a board member of the Canadian Heritage Garden Foundation, the Child 7 Adolescent services Association and the Quality of Life commission. Her Honour served as Honourary Patron to numerous organizations.

Lois was recognized for her ongoing contributions to libraries, education and the arts by the establishment of the Lois Hole library Legacy Program (2002), The Public School Boards' Association of Alberta's “Lois Hole lecture Series” (2003), the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Program (2004), and a new library in Edmonton's west end to be named for her (2004). Her Honour's support for a robust public health care system was recognized when the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton named its major new expansion the Lois Hole Women's Hospital (2004).

Source: A memorial Service pamphlet from February 10, 2000

The artwork was contributed to the municipality by the City of St. Albert, the Government of Alberta Community Initiatives Program, Francophone Secretariat, Gaffney & McGreer LLP, Heritage Awareness Grant (Alberta Historical Resources Foundation: Heritage Preservation Parnership Program), The Alberta Lottery Fund, St. Albert Chamber of Commerce, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Canada-Alberta Agreement on French Language Services and community supporters including Dan Roy, Dean Desroches, Deidre Allen, Elke Blodget, Erwin Lehnert, Harry Gaffney, Inspector Randy Beck, Joan Alexander, John Power, John Younie, Laura Henry, Len Bracko, Lt. Col. Al Markewicz, Lynda Moffatt, Mary O'Neill, Former Mayor Paul Chalifoux, Moe Wolfe, Peter Moore, Rosaleen McEvoy, Scott Venne, Sandra Kereliuk, Ernie Wynchuk, Garry Philips, Gail Barrington-Moss, and Sandyne Beach-McCutcheon.

Alberta Culture Alberta Lottery Fund Alberta Historical Resources Foundation

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Barbara Paterson

Internationally renowned artist, Barbara Paterson holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in Sculpture and a Diploma in Fine Arts with a major in Painting, both from the University of Alberta. She specializes in a variety of media including wax, stone, bronze and welded steel. Barbara has sculpted numerous public commissions including the Famous Five monuments in Calgary's Olympic Square and on Parliament Hill, Ottawa and Our Emily (Emily Carr) sculpture in Victoria, British Columbia. A detail image from the Famous Five monuments is featured on a Canada Post stamp from October 1999, and was illustrated on the Canadian $50.00 bill. She has publically exhibited her art across Canada, in Bulgaria, Singapore and New York.

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