TI's 2008 Golden Gavel Recipient: Pamela Wallin
Canadian journalist and media personality
receives Toastmasters' highest honor.
In recognition of her influence as a leader and communicator, Toastmasters International is pleased to present the organization’s most prestigious honor, the Golden Gavel Award, to Canadian journalist and media personality Pamela Wallin.
Her diverse and extraordinary career spans 30 years and several continents. Known as Canada’s most accomplished interviewer, Wallin has been compared to American media queens Oprah Winfrey and Barbara Walters. She started her career as a radio announcer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and worked her way up to become Ottawa bureau chief of the Toronto Star newspaper. In 1992, she became to first woman to co-anchor the nightly national television newscast Prime Time News.
In 1995, Wallin founded an independent television company, Pamela Wallin Productions, through which she hosted and produced a live nightly program, interviewing celebrities and personalities from all over the world. She also hosted the Canadian edition of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, garnering the highest ratings ever for a network production.
Although her work as a journalist covered all aspects of domestic and international politics, Wallin devoted much of her career to coverage of the Canadian-U.S. relationship. In November 2001, she hosted a “Canada Loves New York” rally in New York with more than 13,000 Canadian participants gathering to show support for the American people following the terrorist attacks on September 11. The next year, in 2002, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien appointed Wallin to a four-year term as Consul General of Canada in New York.
Wallin currently serves as the Senior Advisor on Canada-U.S. relations to the President of the Americas Society and the Council of the Americas in New York. In Canada, she serves on the Board of Directors of many corporations. She is the Chancellor of the University of Guelph in Ontario, and in 2007 was named an Officer of the Order of Canada – the country’s highest civilian honor for lifetime achievement and service. She also was recently appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to the independent Panel on Canada’s Future Role in Afghanistan.
She has 13 honorary doctorates from many of North America’s most prestigious universities, was named to the Canadian Broadcasting Hall of Fame and was twice recognized by Queen Elizabeth II for her public service and achievements. Wallin is the author of three books, including her bestselling autobiography Since You Asked (1998), as well as Speaking of Success (2001), which summarizes the wisdom of people she’s interviewed over the years, and The Comfort of Cats (2002).
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Pamela Wallin speak at the Golden Gavel Luncheon on August 14 at the Toastmasters’ International Convention in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. For details and registration forms, please see pages 33-36 or visit members.toastmasters.org and click on the “Announcements” link.