TORONTO, May 14 /CNW/ - The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives is pleased
to announce that The Honourable Bill Graham and Mr. Jaime Watt have
volunteered to act as Co-Chairs for the charity's $1.5 Million endowment
campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to provide operating and capital
assistance to one of the largest treasuries of gay and lesbian history
anywhere in the world.
CLGA president Mary MacDonald said "At this point in our organization's
history it is vital that we establish a sound financial base to safeguard this
ever-growing national cultural institution." Fundraising committee chair and
vice president Martin Lanigan added that "we are extremely pleased to have
people of Bill and Jaime's caliber to assist us in this important endeavour.
Bill and Jaime's involvement with the CLGA is really a gift to future
generations of Canadians."
The Honourable Bill Graham was Canada's Leader of the Opposition as well
as the interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Mr. Graham was variously
Minister of National Defence and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the cabinets
of Jean Chrétien and Paul Martin. He currently serves as Chancellor of Trinity
College at the University of Toronto. Mr. Graham is well known for his
advocacy of LGBT issues while serving as Member of Parliament (Toronto-Centre)
from 1993 to 2006.
Jaime Watt is Chair of Navigator, a Toronto-based consulting firm that
specializes in the measurement, evaluation and movement of public opinion,
corporate and communications strategy, and public policy development. Jaime is
past-Chair of Casey House, Canada's pioneer AIDS hospice, as well as Casey
House Foundation, and is a Vice President of the Albany Club. He presently
serves on a number of boards, and was a founding Trustee and Co-chair of the
Canadian Human Rights Trust and the Canadian Human Rights Campaign and a
member of the Executive Committee of Canadians for Equal Marriage. In 2003, he
was awarded the Queen's Jubilee medal for service to the community.
About the Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives
The CLGA is a registered charity and volunteer organization that has been
operating since 1973. It now houses one of the largest collections of Lesbian,
Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgendered and Queer (LGBTQ) history anywhere in the world.
The CLGA's primary mandate is to collect and maintain information related
to gay and lesbian life in Canada. The archive gathers material on people,
organizations, issues and events, and arranges that material, records it,
presents it, stores it, and secures it for the future. It is also the CLGA's
mandate to make this information available to the public, for education,
research and outreach.
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For further information: please contact Martin Lanigan at