My Journey by Olivia ChowMy Journey by Olivia Chow

My Journey

byOlivia Chow

Hardcover | January 21, 2014

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Olivia Chow—Member of Parliament, seasoned politician and widow of former New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton—tells her story in this candid memoir

What drives Olivia Chow? How did she emerge from a turbulent childhood to become an inspiring political force? What influences and events have shaped her life? And how is she continuing her quest after losing her partner in life and politics?

When she was thirteen, Olivia’s middle-class family moved from Hong Kong to Toronto, but the transition was difficult. Her mother went from having a maid to being a maid. Her father failed to carve out a working life for himself in Canada—frustrated and bitter, he lashed out at Olivia’s mother and violence darkened their lives. A rebellious yet playful child, Olivia discovered self-discipline and became an excellent student in Canada, studying fine art and philosophy at university. After graduating, Olivia worked for a time as a sculptor. Then, driven by a desire to achieve social change, the artist became an activist, and she launched her political career.

As a popular and much-admired school trustee and Toronto city councillor—the first Asian woman in that role—Olivia honed a grassroots approach and crafted progressive programs that enhanced the lives of others, especially children. Strong-willed, focused and passionate, Olivia got things done by bringing together people from all parts of the political spectrum.

In the mid-1980s, Olivia met Jack Layton. Their dynamic partnership, unprecedented in Canadian political life, made a powerful impact in Toronto, and on the national stage. Together, they forged a strong vision for a better country and for enlightened political change. But when her beloved partner and political soulmate died in the summer of 2011, how did she find the strength to move forward? What might we learn from her inspiring story? Those answers are here, in Olivia: My Canadian Journey.

OLIVIA CHOW is a former school trustee (1985–1991) and city councillor (1991–2005) in Toronto. She was first elected to Parliament in 2006, winning the Trinity-Spadina riding for the NDP. Olivia Chow speaks Cantonese and English.NOWMagazine readers voted her Best City Councillor seven times and Best MP in 2010, and readers of theToront...
Title:My JourneyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 1 inPublished:January 21, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443428299

ISBN - 13:9781443428293


Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderfully written and proper naming of book Well written as these were how her life has beenl lived. A wonderfully ardent person regarding children and the persons who do not have many privileges
Date published: 2015-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unsolitary Life An amazing story of a life dedicated to humanity and its great potential. Olivia Chow has, along with Jack Layton made an inestimable contribution to Toronto and Canada. This book moves one to tears of joy, sadness and gratitude. Thank goodness that there are people in this world like Ms. Chow who are not consumed by the cynical ways of current political forces and can shine a light of hope, grace and accomplishment on our communities. Thank you.
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Inspiring This book traces the Toronto of hope and successful action. It is a needed antidote to the current negativity and meanness threatening this great city. Thanks Olivia!
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful and Inspiring An inspiring book. Amongst all the ugliness in this world, it stands out as a beacon to restore hope for a better world. Written in a nice structure, interweaving the history, characters, events in a logical and easy to understand way, it makes for a pleasant and easy read. The book clearly illustrates that Ms. Chow deserves both our gratitude for her past actions and our support for her future endeavours.
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from great title! Loved the book ! Learned a lot about her & Jack Layton that I didn.t know
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dedicated to the one I love ...... Olivia's dedication and commitment to her family, friends, community and country comes through clearly. It made me laugh; it made me cry. I couldn't put it down. The writing is so fluent as if she is telling you the story as you sit together. A wonderful read full of sensible ideas on child care and seniors services among many other important and interesting topics.
Date published: 2014-01-27