Tag: Good Deeds

Creating community with an international buffet

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
Creating community with an international buffet

More than 25 diplomatic missions provided food for an international buffet at Rockcliffe Park’s Grand Village Fête to mark the 90th anniversary of the village’s creation. “It was a very special event for the community,” said Liz Heatherington, who co-ordinated the diplomatic portion. Heads of mission from the German, Thai, Japanese, Indonesian, Turkish, Czech and […]

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A ’fête accompli‘ at the French Embassy

| October 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
A ’fête accompli‘ at the French Embassy

This year’s Fête Champêtre, an annual spring fundraiser for the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, took place at the striking Art Deco building that houses the embassy of France, overlooking the Ottawa River and next to the prime minister’s official residence at 24 Sussex Drive. The ambassador agreed to host the fête for several reasons, not least […]

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HOMSA funds science studies for northern students

| June 30, 2016 | 0 Comments
HOMSA funds science studies for northern students

Thanks to the daughter of an ambassador — a graduate student at the University of Ottawa — the Heads of Mission Spouses Association (HOMSA) helped out a science learning initiative as part of its big annual fundraiser. The charity, known as Science Travels, runs a University of Ottawa science outreach program that aims to expose […]

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Vicki Heyman on the art of American diplomacy

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Vicki Heyman on the art of American diplomacy

Vicki Heyman is every Ottawa art lover’s dream. The wife of U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman, she is a self-appointed cultural envoy and the life force behind Contemporary Conversations, a series that has brought some of the United States’ most interesting and accomplished artists to the capital. Marie Watt, Nick Cave, Eric Fischl and Stephen Wilkes […]

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Annual Dinner raises $93,000 for survival of threatened salmon

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Annual Dinner raises $93,000 for  survival of threatened salmon

For the international touch, it was Iceland and Ireland all the way at Ottawa’s 19th Atlantic Salmon Federation Annual Fall Run Dinner last autumn at the Museum of History in Gatineau. Iceland is known internationally for its dedication to saving the threatened wild Atlantic salmon species. Iceland’s ambassador to Canada, Sturla Sigurjónsson, who attended with […]

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Two large donations from UAE’s embassy in Canada

| January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Two large donations from UAE’s embassy in Canada

Over the last few months of 2015, the embassy of the United Arab Emirates injected $20,000 into two Canadian health-care organizations. First, at the end of August 2015, Ambassador Mohammed Saif Helal Al Shehhi held a press conference to announce the embassy’s donation of $10,000 to the Canadian Cancer Society to support ground-breaking research and […]

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International Women: Dining with diplomats

| September 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
International Women: Dining with diplomats

A total of nine ambassadors once again showed their graciousness to the community of Ottawa when they took part in the International Women’s Forum’s annual general meeting and behind-the-scenes experience in Ottawa. Maureen Boyd, one of the organizers of the IWF event, approached a number of ambassadors to see if they would host dinners for […]

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Saving the beleaguered wild Atlantic salmon

| June 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
Saving the beleaguered wild Atlantic salmon

Without the generosity of two ambassadors, the annual Fall Run dinner for the Atlantic Salmon Federation would have raised 15 percent less for its cause — the conservation of the Atlantic Ocean’s beleaguered wild salmon. The ambassadors of Portugal and Iceland donated dinners in their residences on which dinner-goers could bid. Both raised a considerable […]

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Spouses band together to raise money for autism

| April 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
Spouses band together to raise money for autism

When Florence Saint-Leger, president of the Heads of Mission Spouses’ Association’s (HOMSA), kicked off the group’s annual fundraising event, she imparted some conventional wisdom: “It is more fun to give than to receive,” Ms Saint-Leger, wife of the Haitian ambassador, told the group. The event, hosted by Eleanore Wnendt-Juber, wife of the German ambassador,   was […]

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The gift of music with a voice ‘from above’

| January 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
The gift of music with a voice ‘from above’

Call her the Renée Fleming of Korea. Soprano Sumi Jo has performed at Carnegie Hall, La Scala, the Royal Opera House and the Metropolitan Opera House. She has a Grammy award for best opera recording and she’s won opera’s biggest awards, including the International Puccini Award and La Siola d’Oro. If that’s not enough, she […]

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