"I started in the Trade Commissioner Service in 1969. There were a few blips here and there, where it wasn't as easy, but it was a good career." The words are spoken by Patricia Marsden-Dole, 'Paddy' to her myriad friends and acquaintances, as she settles into an armchair at the Château Laurier. Nearly two years have elapsed since her 2003 retirement from the foreign service, yet she is busier than ever. Hesitant, as ever, to talk of her own considerable accomplishments, she holds forth on some of the issues that matter to her, instead: electoral reform for Canada, compassionate and smart development for Africa, the Shastri Foundation, and the publishing genius of Penumbra Press founder John Flood.