SAINT ANDREWS – Former N.B. Southwest MP, Karen Ludwig, has accepted a new appointment; she is a Canadian commission member on the Roosevelt Campobello Island Park Commission.
“I am honoured to be appointed to the Roosevelt Campobello Island Park Commission as a Canadian Commissioner,” said Ludwig.
The park is not only a symbol of deeply committed friendship between nations, it is only international park funded by two countries in the world.
The park has always been seen as a symbol of strong ties between Canadians and Americans. Agreed to in principle was by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson and President John F. Kennedy in May 1963. Prime Minister Pearson and President Johnson signed the agreement in 1964, the park has remained a reminder of the bond between the neighbouring countries and is a popular tourist destination for residents of both, at least during non-pandemic times.
And Ludwig is an exceptional fit for the role. Currently, she is the vice-president, growth initiatives at Yorkville University and the Toronto Film School. During her time in federal office, Ludwig served as the vice-chair of the Canada/U.S. Parliamentary Committee, as well as a member of the Standing Committee for International Trade. Prior to becoming an MP, Ludwig taught international trade at both UNB and NBCC.
“I am pleased to inform you that the Governor-in-Council has appointed you as a Canadian member of the Roosevelt Campobello Island Park Commission,” states a letter from Marc Garneau, federal minister of foreign affairs, “…effective immediately, for a term of five years.
“Your personal efforts toward the success of this important institution will be most appreciated,” the letter says.
According to the park website, the process of selecting those for the commission is an involved one, “On the recommendation of Canadian Minister of International Affairs, the Governor General in Council appoints three Canadian commission members and three alternates. Three U.S. commission members and three alternates are appointed by the President of the United States.”
As ever, the reasons for being on the commission are simple, “I value the opportunity to serve,” she says.
The park opened for the season on Saturday, May 29, and is offering daily tours and programs.
For information on visiting the park this season, go to www.rooseveltcampobello.org