On December 9th, 1999, Prime Minister Jean Chretien, appointed successful businesswoman, best selling author, education advocate and community supporter, Lois Elsa Hole as Alberta’s 15th Lieutenant Governor. She is the second woman in Alberta’s history to serve as Lieutenant Governor.
Born and raised in Buchanan, Saskatchewan, Mrs. Hole moved to Edmonton in her early teens and completed her secondary education at Strathcona Composite High School.
Married to Ted Hole, they have two sons: Bill and Jim and three grandchildren.
In 1952, she and her husband Ted bought a mixed farm in St. Albert which, by 1960, they had diversified into a vegetable and mixed garden business. In 1979 the farm was incorporated as Hole’s Greenhouses & Gardens Ltd. and their sons joined the business full-time. It has since grown into one of the largest retail greenhouse operations in western Canada.
Mrs. Hole served as a school trustee for the St. Albert School District #6 from 1981 to the fall of 1998. She previously served, for fourteen years, as a trustee and chairperson for the Sturgeon School Division and, for eleven years, as a member of the Athabasca University Governing Council. Mrs. Hole has served as a director of the Farm Credit Corporation and as Honourary Chair for the 27th Canadian Congress on Criminal Justice and for the Children’s Millennium Fund. She also served as a board member of the Canadian Heritage Garden Foundation, the Child & Adolescent Services Association and the Quality of Life Commission.
As Chancellor, Mrs. Hole has been the titular head of the University, chairing all Senate meetings, serving as a member of the Board of Governors, representing the University at all ceremonial occasions and presiding over convocation to confer all degrees.
Mrs. Hole is the author of six gardening books (all Canadian bestsellers) and a newly released collection of life stories, photographs and growing information entitled "I’ll Never Marry a Farmer." She has been a regular contributor to the Globe and Mail, Edmonton Journal, and the Edmonton Sun, and was the writer of the Canadian portion of the 1999 Old Farmer’s Almanac Gardening Companion. She has appeared regularly on the "Grapevine" segment of CBC TV’s Canadian Gardener.
During the past five years, she has spoken to nearly 600 gardening groups and businesses across North America, to a total audience of nearly 100,000 people. In 1983, Mrs. Hole was awarded an honourary doctorate from Athabasca University and in 1997 received a Distinguished Citizen Honourary Diploma in Business from Grant McEwan Community College. In 1995 she was named as both Edmonton Business and Professional Woman of the Year and as St. Albert’s Citizen of the Year. In 1999 she was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada.
Read Lois Hole's Throne
Speech from the Legislative Assembly of 2001!