OTTAWA, June 5, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - June 6, 2013 will be proclaimed
International Shriners Day in Ottawa by Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.
Ceremonies will commence at 10 am on the steps of Ottawa City Hall
located at 110 Laurier Ave. W. Several dignitaries will be on hand to
recognize this fraternity and the important work that Shriners have
done through their philanthropy, a network of 23 health care facilities
helping sick children in the US, Canada and Mexico. Expected are; the
MP for Ottawa Centre, Paul Dewar, Yasir Naqvi MPP of the Ontario
Liberal Party, Alex Munter, CEO of the Children's Hospital of Eastern
Ontario and M.W. Bro. Garry Dowling, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of
Canada in the Province of Ontario along with his Deputy Grand Master.
Deputy Imperial Potentate John Cinotto of Shriners International, Tampa,
Florida, as well as Gino Berretta, Vice-Chairman of the Board of
Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada will speak. Most importantly,
they will be accompanied by several of our patients, including National
Patient Ambassador and singing sensation, Jérémy Gabriel. In addition,
several Shrine clubs and units will be on hand to entertain and share
more about the fraternity.
Who are the Shriners? The Shriners fraternity started in Manhattan in 1870 when some members
of what is considered the world's oldest fraternity - Masonry - came up
with an idea for a new philanthropic fraternity based on fun,
fellowship and the principles of brotherly love, truth and relief.
The Shriners fraternity is committed to fostering self-improvement
through leadership, education, the perpetuation of moral values and
community involvement and serving mankind through the resources of its
philanthropy, Shriners Hospitals for Children.
And the red Fez? The founding members were influenced by the then popular Middle-Eastern
culture, of which the fez was a traditional garment. Now, although it
might seem an extraordinary choice of headwear, the attention-drawing
fez, nevertheless, serves as a simple and effective means of gaining
valuable exposure for Shriners and their philanthropy.
The Canadian Shriners Hospitals for Children is located in Montreal and
has been in existence there since 1925 with a new hospital to be built
and completed by 2015. The local Ottawa-based Tunis Shriners have been
in existence since 1975 with our first Potentate (CEO) being the late
P.M. John Diefenbaker.
SOURCE: SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN (CANADA
For further information:
Note to media: Many visuals available. Interviews upon request.
cell : 613-297-7098
Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada