Myra Freeman

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Myra Freeman
29th Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
In office
May 17, 2000 – September 7, 2006
MonarchElizabeth II
Governors GeneralAdrienne Clarkson
Michaëlle Jean
PremierJohn Hamm
Rodney MacDonald
Preceded byJames Kinley
Succeeded byMayann Francis
Personal details
Myra Ava Holtzman

(1949-05-17) May 17, 1949 (age 74)
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada

Myra Ava Freeman CM ONS MSM CD (born May 17, 1949) is a Canadian philanthropist, teacher, the 29th and first female Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

Freeman was born Myra Ava Holtzman in Saint John, New Brunswick, the daughter of Anne Golda (Freedman), a homemaker, and Harry Holtzman, a businessman.[1] She graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education. In 1971, she started teaching with the Halifax Regional School Board until her appointment.

She was appointed lieutenant governor in 2000 by Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, on the advice of Jean Chrétien. She served as lieutenant governor until September 7, 2006.

Freeman and her husband, Larry, have three children: Daniel M. Freeman, Jonathan Freeman and Debra Freeman.

In her childhood, Freeman was a member of the Girl Guides of Canada, participating in Guiding youth programs.[2]


Ribbon Description Notes
Order of Canada (CM)
  • Member
  • 1 July 2008.
Order of St John (D.StJ)
  • 2000.
  • Dame of Justice and Vice Prior
Order of Nova Scotia (ONS)
  • 2001.
  • First Recipient and First Chancellor
Meritorious Service Medal (MSM)
  • 12 September 2013.
  • Military Division
  • [3]
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 2002.
  • Canadian version of this medal
Canadian Forces' Decoration (CD)
Honorary degrees
Location Date School Degree
 Nova Scotia 2004 Mount Saint Vincent University Doctor of Humane Letters (DHL) [4]
 Nova Scotia May 2005 Cape Breton University Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [5]
 Nova Scotia 2007 Acadia University Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) [6]
 Nova Scotia May 2007 Saint Mary's University Doctor of Civil Law (DCL) [7]
 Nova Scotia 2008 St. Francis Xavier University Doctor of Laws (LL.D)
 Nova Scotia May 2011 Dalhousie University Doctor of Laws (LL.D) [8]

Honorary military appointments[edit]


Coat of arms of Myra Freeman
The arms of Myra Freeman consist of:[9]
A demi lion Azure semé of ermine spots, wearing a coronet erablé, holding in its dexter paw a laurel wreath and in its sinister paw a balance, all Or.
Azure an ancient Hebrew tent between three menorahs Or.
Two lions Or each gorged with a collar of mayflowers (Epigaea repens) proper and maple leaves Vert pendent therefrom a hurt, that on the dexter charged with an open book, that on the sinister charged with a sun in splendour Or.
A grassy mound set to the dexter with palm trees and to the sinister with pine trees proper, the whole above a base wavy Argent charged with a bar wavy Azure.
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  1. ^ "Myra Ava Freeman".
  2. ^ "Myra A. Freeman | The Canadian Encyclopedia". Retrieved 2018-12-01.
  3. ^ "Honorary Captain(N) the Honourable Myra Ava Freeman".
  4. ^ "Honorary Degrees".
  5. ^ "Honorary Degree Recipients".
  6. ^ "Honorary Degrees - Acadia University".
  7. ^ "Honorary Degrees | the Patrick Power Library | Saint Mary's University".
  8. ^[dead link]
  9. ^ Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume IV), Ottawa, 2002