Show Segment November 11, 2012
Sarah McLachlan Wishes Stephen Lewis A Happy 75th Birthday

Politician, broadcaster and diplomat Stephen Lewis turns 75 today.

In the video above, singer Sarah McLachlan wishes him happy birthday, and congratulates him on the incredible work he's done over the years.

Sarah joined Annie Lennox and Angélique Kidjo in Toronto this past Wednesday to play a benefit concert for the Stephen Lewis Foundation called 'Hope Rising: Turning the Tide of AIDS in Africa.' The show raised $250,000 for Stephen's foundation.

We'd also like to take this opportunity to wish Stephen a happy birthday.

If you're not familiar with Stephen, this quote from the Stephen Lewis Foundation website sums him up well: "Stephen Lewis has dedicated himself to improving the human condition."

He got his start as a provincial politician, leading Ontario's New Democrat party in the 1970s.

But it was in 1984 that Stephen began to do the work that he is best known for: representing Canada on the world stage as an agent of positive social change. That was the year he became the Canadian ambassador the United Nations.

In the '90s, he served as Deputy Director for UNICEF, returning to the UN in 2001 as their special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. He spent five years on the job, and since then he's continued to fight HIV/AIDs through the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Stephen's been on the show a number of times to talk about the work he's done. Last time he was in, he also got personal about his lifelong love affair with his wife Michele Landsberg.

Check out an interview with Stephen and Michele below, in which Stephen explains how much his wife has helped him understand the importance of feminism, and the couple share some of the secrets of making a marriage last 49 years:

And here's Stephen talking about the fight against HIV/AIDS:



As he celebrates his 75th, we'd like to join Sarah in wishing Stephen many more great birthdays.

Related:

THE BIO: Stephen Lewis

Michele Landsberg & Stephen Lewis On Feminism

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