My Journey by Olivia ChowMy Journey by Olivia Chow

My Journey

byOlivia Chow

Paperback | January 27, 2015

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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 Olivia was thirteen, her 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 My 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. NOW Magazine readers voted her Best City Councillor seven times and Best MP in 2010, and readers of the Tor...
Title:My JourneyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 1 inPublished:January 27, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443428302

ISBN - 13:9781443428309


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

Editorial Reviews

“A gutsy book.” —Toronto Star“My Journey tells the amazing story of the struggles and victories of one of Canada’s most exciting political figures. Olivia Chow is a walking, breathing reason to have hope at a time when it is desperately needed.” —Sarah Polley“An insightful portrait of a remarkable woman. Readers will be inspired by Olivia’s deeply personal memoir. It touches on a childhood marked by darkness and light, and delves into a journey from Hong Kong to Canada that takes her from artist to activist to political awakening and the arms of Jack Layton.” —Victor Malarek“My Journey reveals a woman deeply committed to addressing injustice in our society. To all the challenges she has faced, Olivia has brought her sensitivity, intelligence, boundless energy and courage. She never gives up! I thought I knew Olivia Chow, having worked with her, but this book is a revelation, and her story is an inspiration.” —Margaret McCain“Joining Olivia Chow on her journey is certainly a trip worth taking. From immigrant to Member of Parliament, from self-discovery to community activism, from family conflict to deep love, the episodes of her life will keep you turning the pages.” —David Crombie