Doors at 6:00 PM, Dinner at 7:00 PM
A Fund-Raising Event for the Arts For Everyone Foundation
This event will bring Saint John together to Honour two individuals who didn't always agree, but always worked hard to do what they thought was the right thing for the City. It's so easy to get lost in the competition between parties, individuals and interest groups that we often need to be reminded that Saint John is our home. We all want the best for it and we accomplish more when we work together. It isn't an accident that the first annual Saint John Honours Dinner pays tribute to a most prominent Progressive Conservative and Liberal.
Much like the politicians to be honoured, the Arts for Everyone Foundation is improving the quality of life in the city. The purpose of the foundation is to raise funds that will provide arts education to youth and adults in the City of Saint John and the Province of New Brunswick who cannot afford programs due to their economic status. Funds raised at this dinner will go through the foundation to other hard working community groups, such as P.R.O. Kids; to provide them with resources for their programming. (More info).
While the honourees of the evening both had their own unique style and approach to solving the challenges at hand, they have contributed greatly to our community.
Elsie Wayne started her political career in 1977, when she was elected to the Saint John municipal council. In 1983, she became the first female Mayor of Saint John, and became extremely popular.In the 1993 federal election, she ran as the ruling Progressive Conservative Party's candidate in the riding of Saint John.
She was one of only two Tories elected nationwide, the other being Jean Charest. She was also the only non-Liberal elected in Atlantic Canada that year. In 1998, when Charest resigned the leadership of the PC party to become leader of the Parti Libéral du Québec, Wayne was appointed the PC party's interim leader, a post she held until former Prime Minister Joe Clark was elected party leader later that year. She retired from politics in 2004.
Paul Zed was first elected in 1993 to the House of Commons in Ottawa as the Member for Fundy Royal, where he was the first Liberal ever elected in the riding. There Zed served as the Chairman of several important committees including the Standing Committee on Industry, Government Operations and Procedure and House Affairs. He is considered an expert on ethics and governance as the author of the first major piece of legislation on Lobbying and Ethics. He founded and chaired the all-party Sugar Caucus opposing unfair American trade practices and also founded and chaired the all-party credit card caucus working with Canadian banks and retailers.
In 1996, Prime Minister Jean Chrétien named Mr. Zed the Parliamentary Secretary to the Leader of the Government.He returned to the private sector in 97, until re-election to Parliament in 2004. He is a founding member of the Urban Cities and Communities Caucus hosting dozens of meetings with provincial governments and Canada's big city mayors, publishing a report 'Foundations for a Nation' on Canada's infrastructure deficit.