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01/09/2012 - News
TALKING CITIZENSHIP AT A LUNCHEON IN HONOUR OF MADAME ADRIENNE CLARKSON AND JOHN RALSTON SAUL, CO-FOUNDERS OF THE INSTITUTE FOR CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP

As part of its commitment to civic engagement in the wider community, on Wednesday, August 15, Polykar hosted a luncheon focusing on the topics of citizenship and inclusion, in honor of the former Governor General, The Right Honorable Adrienne Clarkson, and John Ralston Saul.



 Polykar’s Amir Karim, Vice President, Business Development welcomes Madame Clarkson, Mr Ralston Saul and invited guests to the luncheon
 
The topic is of great importance to Madame Clarkson and Mr. Ralston Saul, amplifying in 2006 with their founding of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), a national charity that works to ensure new citizens are welcomed and included, engage all Canadians in active citizenship and celebrate what it means to be Canadian; the couple also act as co-chairs.

Polykar was honoured to bring together personalities from government including Monsieur Stéphane Dion, MP for Ville St-Laurent, Monsieur Alan DeSousa, the Mayor of Ville St-Laurent and Monsieur Jean-Marc Fournier, Member of the National Assembly and Quebec’s Minister of Justice, as well as business leaders, valued friends and supporters of Polykar to join the conversation.
 
The event was nothing short of engaging, as guests shared personal histories of migration to Canada, their journeys of successes and setbacks as well as the gateways of prosperity Canada has offered them as citizens. The stories were notable complements to the main remarks made by Madame Clarkson and Mr. Ralston Saul as they highlighted the significance of the ICC’s vision of ensuring all new citizens are afforded equal opportunities to grow into true citizens and become part of the fabric of our country. They also spoke about how our engagement with new citizens shouldn’t be limited to the moments before and after their formal citizenship ceremony.


  

 
 Guests enjoying a cocktail meet and greet before the lunch                     
 
Gillian Hewitt-Smith, ICC’s Executive Director and CEO, highlighted that the Polykar luncheon supported the ICC’s efforts to actively engage entrepreneurs in its work.
 
The ICC’s programs introduce our country’s newest citizens to Canada’s rich heritage and experiences. Its Building Citizenship program welcomes and connects new Canadian citizens to their communities through unique citizenship ceremonies run by a national network of volunteers. Its Cultural Access Pass program provides new citizens with a year of free access to more than 1,000 of our country’s top museums, parks and important cultural institutions, even offering discounts on travel and access to volunteer and employment resources. And, its LaFontaine-Baldwin Symposium, founded by John Ralston Saul, fosters a national dialogue on citizenship and the public good.
 


Madame Clarkson and Mr Ralston Saul, speak, listen and engage intimately with guests during the luncheon
 
 
The event coincided with Polykar’s 25thAnniversary, and strengthened the company’s central ethic of endeavouring to work for the betterment of the wider community. Polykar is grateful to its guests for their continued support and commitment.

 

Gathered together following the event, from left to right: Amir Karim, Polykar’s Vice President, Business Development, Iffat Salaam Karim, Mme Elyse Damdjee, President of Polykar, Mme Adrienne Clarkson, M. John Ralston Saul, Mme Gillian Hewitt Smith, CEO and Executive Director of the ICC and M. Aziz Karim, Vice President of Polykar
 
For more information on the Institute for Canadian Citizenship and its programs, please visit www.icc-icc.ca
 
For more information on the event, please contact:
 
Amir Karim
Vice-President, Business Development
1-866-POLYKAR
1-514-335-0059
amir.karim@polykar.com
 
Polykar, a family business founded in 1987, is a manufacturer of polyethylene film, garbage bags and food packaging. In 2003, the Saint-Laurent facility obtained the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications simultaneously. Polykar received the ICI ON RECYCLE!Award from Recyc-Québecfor excellence in waste management. Polykar is a member of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA), of the Canadian Sanitation Supply Association (CSSA) and of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
 

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