On Sunday, October 20, the Ballroom at The
Fairmont Royal York was filled to capacity with guests paying tribute to The Right Honourable Paul Martin, P.C., C.C., former Minister of Finance and
Mr. Martin received an Honorary Doctorate degree
from the University of Haifa in recognition
of his dedication to educating the Canadian Aboriginal population; his
commitment to social responsibility; his steadfast position against
antisemitism, racism and intolerance, and his solidarity with the State of
Extended applause and a standing ovation
followed the conferment of the Honorary Doctorate degree by University
President, Amos Shapira and Rector, Prof. David Faraggi. Assisting with the hooding was Honorary
Dinner Chair, Larry Tanenbaum and Dinner Co-Chair, Dr. Michael Dan. Mr. Tanenbaum delivered a warm tribute to Mr.
Martin who responded with a moving and inspiring speech.
Dinner Co-Chairs, Charlie Coffey and
Dr. Michael Dan, led the fundraising campaign. Associate Chairs were Dr.
Arnie Aberman, Bernie Farber, Heather Reisman, Marvin Sadowski and Gerry
Video greetings were shown from the eventís
Honorary Patron, Justin Trudeau, M.P., leader of the Federal Liberal
Party. Rob Prichard, the former President of the University of Toronto,
was the eveningís Master of Ceremonies.
Proceeds established The Paul Martin Scholarship Fund for bright, disadvantaged students
at the University of Haifa