Dr. Bondar was touched to learn that her hometown of Sault Ste. Marie was chosen as the location to officially unveil a new commemorative coin minted in her honour. The Royal Canadian Mint will host the event at Sault College’s Multimedia Room on Tuesday, November 1 in the morning. A number of special guests, several of whom attended the launch of her space flight aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on January 22, 1992, will be in attendance along with local dignitaries, friends and family.
“Recognizing this historic moment in Canadian history in this way is such a deserving tribute,” said Elaine Paterson, Member of the Board of The Roberta Bondar Foundation. “I was at the launch 25 years ago and it was mind blowing then and she continues to be out of this world in her many contributions to the world today.”
In 1992, Roberta Bondar became Canada’s first woman astronaut and the world’s first neurologist in space. She continues to inspire and encourage people of all ages to reach for the stars.