Ambassador Emily McLaughlin: Canada and Czechia “share a lot of values”

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In August 2023, Canada appointed a new Ambassador to Czechia, Emily McLaughlin. Ambassador McLaughlin, whose career has spanned over 20 years in the Canadian Foreign Service, has previously held positions in New York, London and Hong Kong. Recently, I met with her at the Canadian Embassy in Prague to discuss her mission, her hopes of connecting with Canadians in Czechia, and the values that the two nations have in common. But of course, as a fellow Canadian, my first question was about Ambassador McLaughlin’s upbringing in Canada.

“I’m from the west coast – I grew up in a small town called White Rock, just outside of the city of Vancouver in British Colombia. It’s right on the beach, and we could see the United States from our house. Sometimes we would get up late and watch the Fourth of July fireworks. It was nice growing up in a small town that was close to the big city. We had a small hobby farm, and we always had a menagerie of animals, pets, and big gardens. It was a pretty nice life for a kid. My brother and I grew up playing in the forest around us and by the creek. It’s a beautiful part of the world, and holds a special place in my heart.”

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Author: Amelia Mola-Schmidt