Lloyd Axworthy to speak at benefit dinner hosted by Trinity Western University

“I think it is always significant when you bring someone of international renown into this region. The Fraser Valley has a vital interest in international affairs because of its ethnic diversity and its economic ties.”
Don Page, TWU’s Dean of Graduate Studies and former foreign policy speech writer

Langley, British Columbia—He has shaped Canada’s foreign policy, taken an active role for Canada at the United Nations and gained international acclaim for his role in promoting humanitarian efforts across the globe. And on Feb. 1st, the community is invited to hear what Lloyd Axworthy, Canada’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs, has to say about the mark he has left in history. In an event hosted by Trinity Western University’s Lester B. Pearson Society, Axworthy will speak at Newlands Golf and Country Club in Langley on Canada’s role in the international community.

“It is a real honor for us to be able to host him here,” says Don Page, PhD, TWU’s Dean of Graduate Studies and advisor to student organizers from the Lester B. Pearson Society.

The Lester B. Pearson Society, a group of international studies and political science students at TWU, took initiative to bring Lloyd Axworthy as a guest speaker for the benefit dinner to raise support for their Model United Nations Assembly debating team. The team travels to universities to interpret and defend their assigned country’s foreign policy while debating international issues with students from other universities.

Last year, TWU’s team secured the highest honor of best delegation at a simulation in Toronto, ahead of the University of Toronto, University of Northern Michigan, The Citadel and other schools. The proceeds from the dinner will sponsor students to attend this year’s Model UN conferences at the University of California at Berkley and the University of Toronto, and establish an endowment for future students to participate in Model United Nations conferences.

“Axworthy has always had a real sensitivity and interest in wanting to see students take a greater interest in international affairs,” says Page. “He will be an encouragement to them.”

Axworthy, who served as Minister of Foreign affairs from January, 1996 until October, 2000, has made Canada’s voice heard in the international community through diplomacy, leadership and technical expertise. Well known for his efforts to establish a global ban on landmines, Axworthy has played a key role in shifting foreign policy in a new direction by promoting intervention in the affairs of other countries when human rights violations occur.

“Axworthy has been at the forefront, leading that stream of thinking, and that is a major reason why I think the students wanted to have him here,” says Page. “Students will have the opportunity to speak with someone who has been doing what they are attempting to do in their model assembly. Axworthy has been at the real thing and is the epitome of what one wants to do in international affairs.”

Page, who has spent his share of time in foreign affairs, drafting the Mulroney government’s foreign policy and writing foreign policy speeches for three Prime Ministers and five Secretaries of State for External Affairs, states that the event will benefit more than just students. It is something that will profit the community.

“I think it is always significant when you bring someone of international renown into this region,” says Page. “The Fraser Valley has a vital interest in international affairs because of its ethnic diversity and its economic ties. There are hundreds of businesses that are interested in export. And if they are interested in export then they are interested in international affairs because that is the basis upon which they will or will not be able to export.”

The benefit dinner will take place on February 1, at Newlands Golf and Country Club in Langley, 7 p.m. For more information and ticket reservation contact Suzanne Staryk at 513-2022 or by e-mail at pearson_society@yahoo.com.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a privately funded Christian liberal arts university enrolling 2,850 students this year. With a broad-based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 34 major areas ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 12 graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2012-08-21
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