Annual Churchill Dinner

The 30th Annual Churchill Society Dinner was truly a grand affair.  Certainly, the most star studded event we’ve been to so far.

This year, the dinner was held in the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.  The purpose was to celebrate the cause of parliamentary democracy and to present an award to the Honourable Jean Charest.

We started the evening by running the registration desk and helping out with the silent auction.  This was a great opportunity to be the first to meet many of the distinguished guests.

Once everyone took their seats in the main hall we were treated to excellent food and speeches.  We heard a moving speech by Major-General Richard Rohmer describing his experiences in battle.

Guest speaker David O’Keefe provided some interesting insight into the Dieppe Raid.  He just finished a new book on this historic event entitled One Day in August.

Peter Mansbridge gave a great introduction to Mr. Charest and even managed to weave in a hilarious connection to Toronto’s mayor.  Mr. Charest capped off the night by delivering a moving speech that was particularly inspiring for those of us who are considering running for public office one day.

Thank you very much to the Churchill Society Chair Joel Watson and the rest of the Board for supporting OLIP and giving us the opportunity to participate in such an important event.



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