Sometimes we interns like to get ambitious with our after-work plans. On Tuesday November 23rd, that involved a marathon of three back-to-back receptions. I left Ms. Cansfield’s office around 5 and made my way over to the legislature, where I met up with my fellow interns and went over to the first reception of the evening:
The Ontario Colleges Reception. Now I may be a bit biased, because I have a hearty appreciation for all things delicious, but this reception was amazing! The culinary students from some of Ontario’s colleges prepared a veritable feast of the most amazing food combinations I’ve ever had the pleasure of trying. I’d like to give a personal shout out to the Conestoga college chefs, who prepared their dishes with a decidedly waterloo flavours. There was also a band of students from Humber College who really set the mood. We got to speak with a few of the students, as well as some of the college representatives; we learned a lot about the college system, the challenges they face with credit transfer and degree recognition in Ontario. All too soon, however, it was off to reception number two!
The Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association Reception. In the legislative dining room, the firefighter’s reception was certainly one we could not pass up. Not just because the Ontario Professional Fire Fighters Association is one of our esteemed sponsors, but because we have all heard very good things about OPFFA’s past receptions. Their reputation was not ill-founded, the firefighters were very approachable and all knew exactly what they were lobbying Queen’s Park for – we were able to get a clear understanding of why they were asking for a mandatory retirement age of 60, as well as their interest in improving the synchronization of 911 dispatch. Even Premier McGuinty came out to show his support! The reception was excellent; however we had to move on to our third and final reception of the evening.
The Ontario Real Estate Association Reception. OREA’s reception was excellent for many reasons; the first and foremost was Matt Thornton. Matt is a former intern, and made sure we were well taken care of – he even took the trouble to introduce us to Dorothy Mason the President of OREA, and a few of the other members of the board of directors. OREA is one of our major sponsors, to boot! OREA has two main projects that they are working on; cutting taxes on the remediation of brownfields, and allowing real estate brokers to incorporate themselves so that they become a company. The reception took place on the top floor of the Sutton place hotel, and it was a beautiful venue to finish off the night!