Whenever I travel to St. Albert, Alberta, my first visit is to the St. Albert Public Library. In front of the library doors, the bronze sculpture of Lois Hole, entitled “Legacy of Love & Learning” welcomes me with a poignant reminder of a life well-lived.
“The monument was created by the renowned Alberta sculptor Barbara Paterson, who depicted Lois Hole with a child clutching a book. Paterson created this impressive tribute to Lois Hole over a four-year period, and was particularly pleased at the opportunity to commemorate her as they were friends for 15 years. Paterson wanted to create a tribute that showed her friend’s love of children and learning.”
Lois Hole shared her love of gardening with the world by writing 15 gardening books, all of them Canadian bestsellers. Lois Hole’s “Perennial Favorites” sold more that 250,000 copies.
Lois Hole was called the “Queen of Hugs,” and was beloved by all who met her. An advocate for lifelong education, she was a tireless community builder, environmentalist and a prominent business woman. Her favorite project was her Library Legacy program which encouraged donations to purchase books.
On February 10, 2000, she was was installed as Alberta’s 15th Lieutenant Governor, becoming the Honourable Lt. Lois Elisa Hole, C.M., A.O.E.
I invite you to read more about Lois Hole’s legacy on The City of St. Albert’s website.