On March 20, 2008, I had the pleasure of taking Mathew, Jonathan, Nafiza, Tarana and Yessenia to a very special event hosted by the MacArthur Foundation, at one of the most grandiose location in New York City, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Now in its second year, the teens are students from the Virtual Video Project after-school program, founded by the MarcArthur Foundation. We were invited to meet the international community, and support Kofi Annan, as the first-ever recipient of the International Justice Award. What an eye-opener it was for all of us to see him in person! A night to remember, indeed!
As a Canadian living in New York, not only was it inspiring to meet world leaders from my home country, but to recognize exceptional individuals from all over, I was beyond belief. To name a few…Allan Rock, former Canadian Ambassador to the United Nation, whom I met once when I was younger. Lloyd Axworthy, former foreign minister of Canada, and Louise Arbour, former member of the Supreme Court of Canada, now in her fourth year as the appointed United Nations High Commissioner for Human Right; whom I had the brief pleasure to speak with in the ladies’ restroom.