The Right Honourable D. Roland Michener
Roland Michener, twentieth Governor General since Confederation and fifty-eighth from Samuel de Champlain, was born 19 April 1900 in Alberta, son of the late Senator Edward Michener and Mary Edith Roland, both natives of Lincoln County, Ontario.
After serving briefly with the R.A.F. in 1918, he graduated from the University of Alberta (B.A.) with the Rhodes Scholarship for Alberta. He attended Oxford University (M.A. and B.C.L.) and was called to the bar at the Middle Temple.
From 1923 until his installation as Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada on 17 April, 1967, he was successively a practising lawyer in Toronto; Member of the Legislative Assembly for St. David's Riding, and Provincial Secretary for Ontario; Member of Parliament for St. Paul's, Toronto; Speaker of the House of Commons in the 22nd and 23rd Parliaments (1957 to 1962); General Secretary for the Rhodes Scholarships in Canada (1936 to 1964); Chairman of the Manitoba Royal Commission on Local Government (1962 to 1964); and High Commissioner for Canada in India (1964 to 1967) and first Canadian Ambassador to Nepal. He and his wife, Norah Evangeline Willis, had three daughters.
As Governor General he was Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Chancellor and Principal Companion of the Order of Canada, Chancellor of the Order of Military Merit, and Chief Scout of Canada. He also served as Prior of the Canadian Priory of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem; Chairman of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award in Canada; and as Patron of many Canadian organizations.
From his retirement in January 1974 until his death on 6 August, 1991, he was actively involved in promoting fitness among all Canadians from school children to senior citizens. His own physical fitness was a model to them all. He also continued his work with international organizations, served on Boards of Directors and promoted Canadian charities and cultural institutions. For seven years he served as chancellor of Queen's University.
In 1990 he agreed to give his name to the school. At meetings of the Board of Governors, which he attended until his death, there was enthusiastic support to commit The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences to carry on his tradition of excellence, service, respect for the individual, promotion of health and "freedom with order" - his personal motto.