Please join us on Friday, September 16 for our 2016 back to school luncheon where our special guest speaker will be University of Alberta Chancellor, philanthropist, and international LGBTQ legal rights advocate, Douglas R. Stollery, Q.C. Proceeds of this event will benefit the anti-bullying and safer school initiatives of Out in Schools.
Doug is counsel to the law firm of Reynolds Mirth Richards & Farmer LLP in Edmonton. He previously served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary to Canada's largest construction contractor, PCL Constructors Inc. He holds an LLB from the University of Alberta and an LLM from Harvard University. Doug currently serves as Chancellor of the University of Alberta, Chancellor of St. Stephen’s College, President of the Stollery Charitable Foundation and a director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and CARE Canada. In the past, he has served as President of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association and as a director of a number of non-profit organizations including the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Legal Education Society of Alberta, the Alberta Law Reform Institute, Victoria School Foundation for the Arts, Grant MacEwan College, the Certified General Accountants Association of Alberta and Edmonton 2001 World Championships in Athletics. Doug has appeared at all levels of the courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada where he acted as co-counsel in Vriend v. Alberta, one of Canada’s landmark cases in support of LGBTQ rights. He is currently acting as advising counsel in three cases challenging homophobic laws in the Caribbean. He also works as a volunteer consultant to the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) at the University of Alberta. In July 2016, Doug will be working as a volunteer for AIDS-Free World at a human rights clinic at the World AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa.
This event will once again be hosted by none other than our very own resident Friends & Company emcee, the ever-charming and always entertaining Robert Kaiser. Robert is perhaps best known as the talent behind Vancouver's most recognizable drag queen, the world class, Joan-E. Robert is also a long time and highly respected fixture in Vancouver's LGBTQ philanthropy and entertainment communities. He is a two-time recipient of medals from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, having been awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for his work in community service and again in 2012 when he received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal. Robert is also a proud team member of our Presenting Sponsor, TELUS, a role he officially carries out both as Robert and Joan-E.
Your ticket includes a 3-course gourmet lunch, prepared by Chef David Hawksworth's award-winning culinary team (vegan and gluten-free options will be available), complimentary award-winning wine from Le Vieux Pin, and La Stella, BC's leading boutique wineries, a chance at winning lots of fabulous door prizes (including the latest smartphone from our friends at TELUS), a chance to participate in a 50/50 draw benefiting Out in Schools, and of course, lots of opportunities to connect with old friends and meet new ones!
Tickets are an incredible value at $45 each (plus tax and a small ticket processing fee that is charged by our ticket service provider). The luncheon will take place in Hawksworth's famous York Room private dining room, which overlooks the grounds of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and wine from our generous friends at Le Vieux Pin and La Stella Wineries, will be complimentary. Other drinks will be available on a cash basis. Registration starts at 12:00 and lunch starts at 12:30 sharp. The event wraps up around 2:30. Due to physical space limitations, there will only be 63 spaces available, so please don't delay getting your ticket if you wish to attend!
We would like to thank our generous sponsors, without whom our events would not be possible. Please take a moment to check them out! And please be sure to stay tuned for more upcoming events!
On behalf of Out in Schools, we would like to thank you for your support. Thank you to everyone who attended any of our sold out events to date! Together, we raised tens of thousands of dollars for Out in Schools, money that directly enables Out in Schools facilitators to reach students all over BC. On top of this, our corporate sponsors and community partners have given many tens of thousands more to Out in Schools at Friends & Company events throughout the year. All of this is undeniable proof that together, we can make a difference for young LGBTQ people in our communities. Thank you.
On a serious note: Friends & Company, our host venue, and our sponsors remind you to please drink responsibly and plan a safe ride home. Please don't drink and drive. Thank you.