COVER STORY: IN­SPIRE

Bring­ing Cana­dian fash­ion to Good Morn­ing Amer­ica

Thornhill Post - - Contents - BY BEN MUL­RONEY ETALK AN­CHOR

Our an­nual cel­e­bra­tion of T.O.’s most in­spi­ra­tional women

I am in­spired by Jes­sica be­cause there is only one her. The per­son I met when I was 16, the woman I mar­ried 10 years ago, the mother of my chil­dren, the phi­lan­thropist, the stylist, the friend, the en­tre­pre­neur, the daugh­ter and the busi­ness­woman: they are all the same per­son. From the mo­ment I laid eyes on her, right up un­til to­day, Jes­sica has re­mained true to her­self.

She has not closed off her gen­er­ous spirit or her for­giv­ing na­ture. She does not of­fer a hand in friend­ship un­less she wants to be your friend and she does not say one thing in pub­lic and an­other in pri­vate. The per­son Jes­sica is around a board­room ta­ble is the ex­act same per­son who makes me laugh from across our din­ing room ta­ble. There is only one Jes­sica.

She trusts her­self and is will­ing to bet that she and she alone is enough. I am in­spired by her courage of spirit and her dogged de­ter­mi­na­tion to build ev­ery­thing in her life on the same au­then­tic foun­da­tions. I am in­spired by the fact that so many peo­ple — from so many walks of life — have been drawn in by who she is and what she projects. And I am in­spired by her courage to res­o­lutely and un­com­pro­mis­ingly be judged by the work she puts in and the re­sults she de­liv­ers. There is only one Jes­sica.

One won­der­ful, beau­ti­ful, amaz­ing, funny, lov­ing, witty, coura­geous, sin­gu­lar Jes­sica. And that is a good thing, be­cause if I found out there was more of her walk­ing around, I don’t think my heart could han­dle it.

JES­SICA MUL­RONEY

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