Toronto, ON, June 23, 2014 – On Wednesday, June 25, Easter Seals Ontario will recognize The Honourable James. K. Bartleman at the annual Toronto’s Tribute Dinner held at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. The event will also be attended by The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Each year, Easter Seals hosts this prominent event to pay tribute to individuals who demonstrate outstanding levels of excellence in their industries, in their communities, and for their continued support of children and youth with physical disabilities. Bruce Power returns as the title sponsor of the Toronto’s Tribute Dinner and continues to be a strong supporter of Easter Seals Ontario.
“We are thrilled to celebrate the achievements of the Honourable James K. Bartleman at this year’s Toronto’s Tribute Dinner,” said Carol Lloyd, President and CEO, Easter Seals Ontario. “Funds raised at this event allow Easter Seals to provide programs and services that enable children and youth with physical disabilities to participate in activities, integrate in their communities and enjoy fun and freedom just like other kids. Children with physical disabilities are the same as other kids: they just want to BE KIDS.”
The Honourable James K. Bartleman was Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor from 2002 to 2007. A member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, he served for thirty-five years as the Ambassador to Cuba, Israel, NATO, and the European Union, High Commissioner to South Africa and Australia and assistant secretary to the Federal Cabinet for Foreign and Defense policy. During his term in office as Lieutenant Governor, he championed three social justice causes: mental illness stigma; anti-racism and the well-being of Native children. He holds numerous honorary doctorates and awards and is the author of four non-fiction books and three novels.
Since its inception, the Toronto’s Tribute Dinner has raised over $4.8 million, with proceeds helping families of children with physical disabilities across Ontario. Some of the past honourees include: The late Honourable James M. Flaherty, P.C., M.P., Minister of Finance, and Michael Nobrega, President and CEO of OMERS (2013); The Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Joseph Mancinelli, International Vice President and Regional Manager for Central and Eastern Canada of the Labourers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) (2012); The Honourable John P. Manley, President and CEO of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives and Brian Burke, President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs (2011); and The Honourable Dwight Duncan, Ontario’s Minister of Finance and Don MacKinnon, President of the Power Workers’ Union (2010).
For more than 90 years, Easter Seals has played an important role in providing support for children and youth with physical disabilities from all ethnic and religious backgrounds. Thanks to its generous donors, Easter Seals continues to offer programs to allow kids to experience freedom, independence and a sense of accomplishment. Easter Seals helps by providing financial assistance for mobility equipment, communication devices and summer camp opportunities at its two properties, Camp Merrywood and Camp Woodeden. Together we are helping kids BE KIDS. For more information or to donate, visit www.easterseals.org.
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