Tag: Good Deeds

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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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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