The Honourable James K. Bartleman, Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Toronto
181 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3G7
6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception | 7:00 p.m. Dinner
For the past eleven years, we have recognized individuals who have demonstrated leadership in their industries, in their communities and for their long-standing support of children and youth with physical disabilities. Some of our past honourees include: The 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).
Thanks to the generosity of our Honourees, sponsors and patrons, we have raised over $4.8 million, and this year, our goal is to surpass the $5 million dollar mark. 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 our 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. Above all, Easter Seals helps kids BE KIDS.
James Bartleman is a member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation. He received his early education in Port Carling and London, attending the University of Western Ontario and working a teacher for three years in the early 1960s. He then joined the Department of External Affairs and served for thirty-five years inter alia 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.
From 2002 to 2007, he was Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. During his term in office, he championed three social justice causes: mental illness stigma; anti-racism and the well-being of Native children. He established libraries in First Nations communities across Ontario, established summer reading camps in all the fly-in First Nations in the province, set up Club Amick, a book club providing free books to children ages 512 in the fly-in communities, a Creative Award for Aboriginal youth as well as numerous other initiatives to provide sport and music equipment to disadvantaged Native youth.
He holds fourteen honorary doctorates as well as the following awards: Officer of the Order of Canada; Order of Ontario; National Aboriginal Achievement Award; Phi Delta Kappa Educator of the Year Award; Canadian Institute of Child Health National Child Care Award; Arthur Kroeger College Award in Ethics in Public Affairs; Mood Disorders Association Hero Award; Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Courage to Come Back Award; Dr. Hugh Lefavre Award; Marion Dewar Defender of the Public Good Award.
He is the author of four non-fiction books, and since his retirement as Lieutenant Governor, he has written three social justice-themed novels (As Long as the Rivers Flow, the Redemption of Oscar Wolf, and Exceptional Circumstances). He is married to married to Marie-Jeanne Rosillon and has three children, Anne-Pascale, Laurent, and Alain, as well as three grandchildren, Sebastien, Nicholas and Henry.
For more information on the Tribute Dinner or to sponsor the 2014 event, contact Danielle Rea at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to our sponsors:
Ontario Ironworkers District Council