My phone rang at about 8am in May of 1995. A person that I did not know, said "Hello Rob, my name is Marie MacDonald. I am calling you from PEI. I have heard you talk but you don't know me. I wonder if you would be interested in giving your talk to the deputies on PEI?"
I knew at that moment that this was an opening of fate. Within a year I had moved to PEI. This was the most important change in my life since I got married.
She made sure that I got off to the best start possible.
Marie was like that. She was not your typical bureaucrat. She trusted her intuition. She was also a very generous woman who looked at how she could help a situation and a person. She ensured that I was made welcome in that difficult task of finding my way as a newcomer to PEI.
She knew also what was the right thing to do. She herself had entered the Public Service to be a "servant". She was very influenced in this approach by John Eldon Green. Her view all the time was that the Government was a "Public Service".
Thank you Marie. Thank you for helping me. Thank you for all that you did for the people of PEI.
My very best to Dick and her children.
See you in my dreams Marie