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Address to convocation

Ben Hansen

May 15, 2009

I am so honoured to receive this doctorate from Memorial, where I worked for 20 years. I came to Canada from Denmark in 1953. I met my wife Joyce and we had seven children in Montreal, then we came to Newfoundland in 1968 and had our eighth child. She is the only Newfoundlander in the family, and that makes her very special.

I fell in love with this province, its people and its scenery, and we have now been here for 41 years. I have published 12 books of photography. Over the years I have visited many schools to speak about being a photographer. The teacher would always ask the children if they had questions, and one would always say, "How much money do you make?" Photographers don't make big money; it's mostly a labour of love. But it was a labour I was happy to endure here in this beautiful province. Newfoundland was a wonderful place to raise our large family, with clean air, good schools and the friendliest people in the world.

I'd like to thank God for giving me 82 years, and to my wife for all her love and patience. Thank you!