Your faithful social scribe has always opined the best people come from Saskatchewan. My dad was born in Liberty, Sask. (pop. probably less than 100 these days). Dear friend, philanthropist and community advocate Ann McCaig was born in Tisdale. W. Brett Wilson was born in North Battleford. The list goes on and on. So it was a no-brainer then to attend and cover the 69th Annual B’nai Brith Dinner honouring former premier of Saskatchewan Brad Wall. The annual dinner has previously honoured notables the likes of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, ATCO’s Nancy Southern, former prime minister Stephen Harper, and Harley Hotchkiss, to name but a few. This year’s dinner was attended by 625 guests. Highlights this night were numerous, not the least being funds raised to support Project Cypress and the RCMP Veterans’ Association Foundation.
For many, however, the highlights this night were Premier Kenney’s spot-on introduction of Wall and U of C Chancellor Deborah Yedlin’s masterful interviewing skills. “I am pleased to have the opportunity to honour the accomplishments of my friend, Brad Wall”, said Kenney. “Brad will go down as one of the most effective and successful premiers in modern Canadian history. His visionary leadership moved Saskatchewan from economic and population decline to dynamic growth,” he added.
Kudos to dinner co-chairs Jordan Balaban, Perry Feldman and Michael Men. And Mazel Tov to B’nai Brith Calgary Lodge #816 president Dr. Robert Barsky and his tireless dinner committee members Polina Brener, Harold Lipton and Howard Silver. Other guests included: emcee Steven Eichler, Cantor Russell Jayne, Harmin Holdings’ Stuart Libin; Dr. Bruce Yaholnitsky and his wife Gwen with their son Kevin and his girlfriend Ally Bates; awesome auctioneer Bill Brown of Elevate Auctions fame; Mayor Naheed Nenshi; Homes by Avi CEO Charron Ungar with colleagues Monte Kendall and Doug Beach; Cpl. Susan Richter; Hamilton & Rosenthal’s Jayda Rosenthal; MRU president and vice-chancellor Tim Rahilly with colleague Paul Rossmann; MRU Foundation executive director Terry Kellam; Greengate Power’s Daniel Feldman and Dan Balaban; Global Furniture’s Marian Martinez; and Spiritleaf’s Darren Bondar.
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