Throughout her life, Jocelyn Harvey was an activist citizen. As a university professor in the United States in the 1960s, she was committed to the fight for civil rights. After moving to Canada in 1969, she devoted herself to issues that touched on the lives of Canadians primarily through her long and distinguished career at the Canada Council for the Arts and as an advisor and mentor. Renowned for her integrity, intelligence and commitment, her focus always remained on the core principles of public engagement, democratic renewal, and critical public discourse.