Adrienne Clarkson – special speaker for Bishop’s Company dinner

A Clarkson
Photo: May Truong

As Canada celebrates our 150th anniversary, Bishop Michael Bird is pleased to announce that the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, 26th Governor General (1999-2005) and co-chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship will be the guest speaker at the annual Bishop’s Company dinner.

Once again the dinner is being held at Michelangelo’s Events and Conference Centre, 1555 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton on Monday October 16, 2017.

The Bishop’s Company, established over 60 years ago, is both a community of members and a discretionary fund to assist Anglicans in need, with a primary emphasis on supporting diocesan clergy, lay workers and their families.

In addition to individual memberships, parish sponsorships are also available.
Adrienne Clarkson arrived in Canada from Hong Kong as a refugee in 1942 and made the astonishing journey from a penniless child refugee to accomplished broadcaster, journalist and distinguished public servant in a multi-faceted lifetime.

Her family has been Anglican for five generations, and her parents were married by Bishop Ronald Hall of Hong Kong. Upon arriving in Canada, the Anglican Church became a great part of their ability to settle in their new home. Madam Clarkson subsequently attended Trinity College at the University of Toronto.

During Madam Clarkson’s mandate as Governor General, her energy, enthusiasm and passion left an indelible mark on Canada’s history. A leading figure in Canada’s cultural life, she is the bestselling author of the 2014 CBC Massey Lectures Belonging: The Paradox of Citizenship, Room for All of Us: Surprising Stories of Loss and Transformation, Heart Matters: A Memoir, and a biography of Dr. Norman Bethune.

In 2005, Madam Clarkson co-founded the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC) to help new citizens in Canada integrate into Canadian life. The ICC hosts the annual 6 Degrees Citizen Space, the global forum on citizenship, immigration, inclusion and diversity in the 21st century.

She has received numerous prestigious awards and honorary degrees in Canada and abroad. A Privy Councillor and Companion of the Order of Canada, Madam Clarkson lives in Toronto and is currently a parishioner at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Toronto.

Reserve the date and join us as we celebrate our diocesan family and welcome our distinguished guest!

For further information or to register your membership and attendance at the dinner, visit our website at niagaraanglican.ca/bishops-company/ or contact Registrar Mary Anne Grant at 905-527-1316, ext. 380. or below: