Tag: Good Deeds

Raising a racket for charity

| June 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
Raising a racket for charity

When Ottawa Diplomatic Association members and their friends get together for an event, it very often has a side benefit for the community in which they are posted. The ODA tennis tournament, for example, which took place at the end of May, was expected to end up with a surplus of about $1,000. Each time […]

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For the love of Bach

| April 20, 2014 | 0 Comments
For the love of Bach

The Ottawa Bach Choir is an Ottawa institution but it’s just as cherished by German transplants in the city, and it has its fans in other quarters of the diplomatic corps as well. “The Germans are very supportive of us,” explains Lisette Canton, founder and artistic director of the choir. “We’re the Ottawa Bach Choir, […]

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Diplomacy in all its elegance benefits the National Capital Region’s Children’s Wish Foundation

| January 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Diplomacy in all its elegance benefits the National Capital Region’s Children’s Wish Foundation

It’s one of the Ottawa Diplomatic Association’s most elegant events of the year and also one of its best networking opportunities. The annual black-tie diplomatic ball has become such a popular event that it sold out three weeks beforehand. The ball began in 2011 as the brainchild of former Zambian high commissioner Nevers Mumba, as […]

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A little Christmas ‘gift to Ottawa’

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
A little Christmas ‘gift to Ottawa’

This year, for the sixth year in a row, the delegation of the European Union will present a unique Christmas concert, free of charge, to Ottawans. The concert, which attracted 1,300 Ottawans last year, has become a well-loved tradition, featuring Christmas carols from many of the European Union’s member states. It gives Canadians a chance […]

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Dollars raised from dining

| July 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Dollars raised from dining

There’s something special about dining in the home of an ambassador and that’s the draw for the Dining with Ambassadors event, which raises money for the Rockcliffe Park Foundation. Organizers recruit ambassadors and high commissioners to offer private dinners in their homes on a designated night in April, and then they sell tickets to the […]

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Celebrating an epic journey, 400 years later

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments
Celebrating an epic journey, 400 years later

If you know more about Samuel de Champlain come September, you can thank the French Embassy. The embassy has been a key player in developing programs commemorating the 400th anniversary of the journey French explorer Samuel de Champlain undertook up the Ottawa River. The embassy wanted to breathe new life into this moment in history […]

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Fostering global friendship through music

| January 4, 2013 | 0 Comments
Fostering global friendship through music

The Canadian Music Competition (CMC) was the beneficiary of two unique fundraisers in the fall, both hosted by diplomats. In October, outgoing British High Commissioner Andrew Pocock and his wife, Julie, hosted a cocktail reception at Earnscliffe for music fans who get to enjoy a diplomat’s hospitality and appreciate hearing young people perform beautiful music. […]

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Surviving cancer and living a football dream

| October 4, 2012 | 0 Comments
Surviving cancer and living a football dream

Fareed Ali was 17 years old when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. One of the bright spots in his intensive treatment plan, which included eight months of chemotherapy and four lumbar punctures (spinal taps), was an offer from the Children’s Wish Foundation. They asked him to dream big and he did — the avid […]

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Paying it forward, Korean-style

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
Paying it forward, Korean-style

The idea of “paying it forward” has always been something that appealed to departing South Korean Ambassador Nam Joo-hong and that’s exactly what he did in April, just days before he was unexpectedly called home for a new, high-profile job in Korea’s national security. The Rolling Rampage on the Hill is put on by the […]

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Hitting the slopes for Aboriginal health

| April 12, 2012 | 0 Comments
Hitting the slopes for Aboriginal health

The Ottawa Diplomatic Association’s annual ski day is a win-win. Diplomats have a chance to enjoy a pleasant afternoon on the slopes with fellow diplomats and their families, and the event raises funds for a good cause in Ottawa. As it did last year, the ODA will once again donate the proceeds from Ski Day […]

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