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Putting the Human back in Humanitarianism
In the rush of the holiday season, the Empire Club of Canada would like to remind its members and guests of the core of humanity that truly drives our celebrations. Our annual Christmas luncheon, hosted by the Honourable David C. Onley, our province’s official representative of the Queen in Ontario. Entertainment will be provided by Duke of Connaught Public School, and the Lieutenant Governor will present the Empire Club’s Community Service Award.The event makes a special holiday gift for clients, employees, and friends. We hope you can join us in celebrating the 110th anniversary of The Empire Club.Biography:The Honourable David C. Onley was appointed Ontario’s 28th Lieutenant Governor following a distinguished career as a broadcaster.His Honour has championed disability issues for many years, having served as chair of the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council of the Government of Ontario and as an accessibility council member for the Rogers Centre and the Air Canada Centre.As Ontario’s first Lieutenant Governor with a physical disability, Mr. Onley has adopted accessibility as the overarching theme of his mandate. He defines accessibility as “that which enables people to achieve their full potential”, and believes that true accessibility occurs when disabled people can fully participate in the social, cultural, and economic life of Ontario.Because accessibility includes equal access to opportunities such as education, His Honour is expanding the Aboriginal Youth Literacy Initiative to include computer literacy programs.Mr. Onley was born in Midland, Ontario, grew up in Scarborough, and has been inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame and the Scarborough Walk of Fame.He serves as Colonel of the Regiment of The Queen’s York Rangers in his capacity of Lieutenant Governor, and personally as Honorary Colonel of 25 Field Ambulance.He is the recipient of the Rick Hansen Award of Excellence, the Courage to Come Back Award, and holds 12 honorary degrees.