Alberta Association of Former MLAs
CANADA 150 LUNCHEON AND 2017 AGM – A BIG SUCCESS
How great it was to have Her Honour, Honourable Lois Mitchell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, and His Honour, Honourable Doug Mitchell, as Chief Guests at our “Canada 150 Luncheon” and AGM on November 4, 2017, at the Coast Plaza Hotel in Calgary. More than 50 former MLAs and their spouses and partners, one former MP (Diane Ablonczy), and one former Senator (Nick Taylor), travelled from as far away as Peace River and Crowsnest Pass to join in this special celebration. Another 21 former MLAs were unable to attend, primarily due to bad weather and, in a few cases, personal circumstances. Nonetheless, those who did attend enjoyed great camaraderie, fabulous food, great speeches, and an ambiance like none other.
Highlights included: a very inspiring speech by Her Honour that was off-the-cuff, from the heart, and focused on the importance of serving the public; an amazing keynote presentation by Jennifer Buchanan called the “Power of Music Therapy” which included Jennifer singing songs that demonstrated musical power; a delicious buffet that featured 34 different hot and cold foods – that’s right, 34; and a lively AGM that included interesting discussions and the election of a new Board of Directors for 2017/18. Everyone also thoroughly enjoyed trying to answer “Kowalski’s Kwiz”, (click to view) which was a multiple-choice quiz authored by Ken Kowalski that was filled with interesting and humourous historical tidbits about former Alberta MLAs.
Thank you to everyone who attended and helped conclude our Canada 150 celebrations in such a grand and memorable way.
(As many will recall, Her Honour hosted a special “Canada 150 Dinner” in Edmonton on June 1, and Honourable Robert Wanner, Speaker of the Alberta Legislative Assembly, hosted a “Canada 150 Luncheon” on June 2. Nearly 100 former MLAs, spouses and partners, attended the Edmonton celebrations which included a General Meeting of our Association and a “Cross Canada Check-up” meeting that was attended by former MLAs from Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec.)
Thank you, everyone, for your attendance and participation at this wonderful event in Calgary! Extra special thanks go to Their Honours for attending and to our local host committee: Shiraz Shariff, Yvonne Fritz, Denis Herard and Brian Lee – with help from Gary and Nancy Mar who donated great prizes for the Kowalski Kwiz winners.
-- Gene Zwozdesky, President -- Alberta Association of Former MLAs