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a grand celebration of the talents and
achievements of Scots at home and abroad

at the

17th Annual Scot of the Year Award Presentation


Tuesday April 7, 2009
from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.


The St. Andrews Club
27th Floor, 150 King Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 1J9

On Tuesday April 7, 2009 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Toronto's prestigious St. Andrews Club will be the venue for this year's Tartan Day and our 17th Annual Scot of the Year Award Presentation.

The evening will a celebration of Scotland's business and cultural ties with Canada and will be hosted by the Government of Scotland in conjunction with Scottish Development International and we are delighted that we have been invited to participate in this event which will also be a fundraiser for the Scottish Studies Foundation.

Michael Russell, MSP, the Scottish Government's Minister for Culture, External Affairs and Constitution will represent the Government of Scotland and make the official address. Peter Lederer, Chairman of Visit Scotland will also be on hand and will talk about Scotland's plans for "Homecoming 2009" and other matters.

Throughout the night, award winning Scottish Chef Tom Lewis will use great Scottish ingredients to make some fabulous dishes in LIVE cooking demonstrations and in a once only performance in Canada, Scottish musician Roddy Hart will perform some of the works of Burns in special interpretations he's created for the year of Homecoming.

Also, thanks to the generous sponsorship of Glenfiddich, guests will be able to sample some of the finest Scotch available and the Glenfiddich team will run 'Mini Mentor' session where guests can learn about and taste Glenfiddich 12, 15, and 18 Year Old malt whisky.

This year's Scot of the Year Award will go to Flora MacDonald, the former cabinet minister who served in the Canadian federal government in the 1970s and 80s. Flora MacDonald may not be foreign minister any longer, but you wouldn't know it from her itinerary. At 82, she is still adding to a travelogue that includes at least 100 countries in her concern for the plight and progress of women in developing countries. (Click here for "Flora's Mission" a CBC video of Flora MacDonald's humanitarian work in Afghanistan.)

Named after the Scottish Jacobite heroine of Bonnie Prince Charlie fame, Flora MacDonald was born in North Sydney, NS, a sixth generation Canadian whose forebears came to Canada from the Scottish Highlands in the 1790s. She was educated in public schools and business college in Nova Scotia. Later she became the first woman enrolled in the National Defence College’s year-long graduate course in international relations.

She was first elected to the Parliament of Canada in October 1972 and served as MP for Kingston and the Islands until November 1988, holding three cabinet posts: Secretary of State for External Affairs, the first woman in Canada to be named to the prestigious Foreign Affairs Minister portfolio; Minister of Employment and Immigration; and Minister of Communications and Culture.

Prior to her election, Flora was administrative assistant and tutor in the political studies department at Queen’s University, and was also employed at the national headquarters of the PC Party of Canada becoming acting national director.

Since leaving politics she has held numerous national and international posts and has served on the board or advisory councils of many organizations. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Companion of the Order of Canada, and a member of the Order of Ontario. She has received the Jordanian El Kawkab Medal by King Hussein for significant contribution to public service; the Pearson Peace Medal; the Churchill Society’s award for Excellence in the Cause of Parliamentary Democracy; and was the first Canadian to receive the Padma Shri Award (India’s highest award to civilians) from the President of India for distinguished service in the field of public affairs. She holds honorary degrees from universities in Canada, the United States and United Kingdom.

We do hope you will be able to join us for this memorable evening and make a contribution to our cause. Unlike previous Tartan Day Dinners there will be no entrance fee so in lieu of this we welcome donations which will go to support the Foundation in the funding of the Chair of Scottish Studies at the University of Guelph, the acquisition of significant materials for their library and bursaries for Canadian students studying in Scotland. At last year's event we were successful in raising close to $50,000, a truly wonderful accomplishment and tangible proof of the importance Scots-Canadians attach to their heritage.

As the Scottish Studies Foundation is a registered Canadian Charity all contributions are tax deductible and appropriate tax receipts will be issued for each donation. The venue at the St. Andrews Club is limited to approximately 250 guests so if you would like to attend this function, please contact Isobel Bell as soon as possible by telephone at 630-968-6799 or by e-mail at isobel.bell@scotent.co.uk. We look forward to seeing as many of our members as possible at the event.

Should you wish to support this fundraising effort by making a donation online please click here.

For a printable donation form please click here.

Click here for videos of last year's event event.