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The Embassy of Canada held its third annual Fashion Soirée and Silent Auction, December 6th, in support of the Government of Canada’s Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC). The event headlined designers Laura Dreger, Nella Bella, Fluevog Shoes, Pedram Karimi, Lole, Brimble and Clark, Michael Kaye and Samuel Dong
As Canadian public servants, the Embassy participates in the annual Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC), in which funds are raised to support various charitable organizations in Canada. Last year, the GCWCC raised $21.4M across Canada for United Way, Health partners, and other registered Canadian charities. The Embassy alone fundraised an estimated $70,000 and the 2013 United Way Fashion Soirée welcomed over 300 guests and raised approximately $8,000.
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On Tuesday, December 3rd, the Embassy of Canada held its annual holiday tree lighting reception hosted by Deputy Head of Mission, Denis Stevens. This year, the balsam trees adorning both the Embassy’s rotunda and lobby were gifts of the Delong Family Farm of New Germany, Nova Scotia, and the Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia. The beauty of these balsams infuse Canada’s corner of Pennsylvania Avenue with the holiday spirit.
With guests joining us from Capitol Hill, public and private agencies, and other embassies, it was an opportunity to reflect on the unique relationship Canada and the United States’ have as close trade and security partners. As part of the evening’s festivities, guests were treated to the talents of local a cappella group, The Capital Hearings.
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On November 11th, we honour and remember our veterans, and all who served Canada during war, armed conflict and peace. At 10:40am, Embassy staff, Canadian military personnel and distinguished guests gathered in the Embassy rotunda for a Remembrance Day ceremony. The ceremony began with an address from the Commander Canadian Defence Liaison Staff, Major-General Matern. Ambassador Doer gave his remarks, reminding the audience of the brave Canadian men and women currently serving in Afghanistan.
The Act of Remembrance in this ceremony included a reading of Flanders Fields, the playing of the Last Post and a moment of silence. To conclude the ceremony, wreaths were laid by General Matern, and Ambassador Doer. A second wreath-laying ceremony took place at the Canadian Cross of Sacrifice at the Arlington National Cemetery.
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