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Nora Hazlewood Lever

Bio: Nora Hazlewood Lever grew up in Port Colborne, Ontario, on Lake Erie. She qualified as an associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto (ARCT) and studied political science at Brock University. She married Allan Lever in 1954, and they settled in Port Colborne, where their four children were born.

When Allan joined the federal government in 1971, the Levers moved to Ottawa, where Nora worked on a research project in international relations. From 1975 to 1989, in the House of Commons, she served as Clerk of several committees, Assistant Principal Clerk of Committees, Principal Clerk at the Table of the House, and (1979-1980) executive assistant to the Clerk. During these years she also completed her master's in political science part time at Carleton University and began her PhD.

In 1989, Nora took leave from the Commons to accompany her husband, the new ambassador, to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, where she recorded her observations of diplomatic life regularly in her diary, the basis of this riveting memoir. In 1993, she and Allan returned to North America, and, since they settled in Toronto, Nora has been active with the Toronto Symphony Volunteer Committee and St Andrew's Presbyterian Church.