On Wednesday April 25th, Bank of Montreal Financial hosted a charity dinner in honour of the Children’s Book Bank. The event was hosted at First Canadian Place, in the Executive Dining Room on the 68th floor. Needless to say the view of the city was amazing!
The evening started out with cocktails and an opportunity for the guests, donors and the Book Bank staff and volunteers that were attending to mingle and chat. There were chances to share anecdotes from the Book Bank’s success over the past four years with anyone unacquainted with our organization, as well as thank those who have been invested in the Book Bank’s success.
Following dinner was a panel discussion on “Coming to Canada: Urban Immigration Challenges and Opportunities” moderated by Noel Hulsman with the following guest speakers:
• The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, former Governor General of Canada
• Ratna Omidvar, President of Maytree Foundation
• David Booth, Professor Emeritus at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
Some of the panelists shared personal stories about immigrating to Canada, and offered insights into how newcomers to Canada experience hurdles with literacy in its many forms.
We would like to thank the following organizations for supporting the Book Bank through purchasing tables and attending the evening:
Home Equity Bank
It is with these donations that the Children’s Book Bank is able to continue to remain open, providing books and literacy support to families in the community.
A special thanks to BMO Financial for hosting the event and to Cisco Canada for its support of the event.