Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Fond Farewell to the Canadian Ambassador, Dr Renata Wielgosz

Jonathan Tomlinson, Renata Wielgosz, Gerry Schaus, David Rupp
The Institute and the Canadian Embassy in Athens have forged over the years a close and effective working relationship for a wide range of matters of mutual concern, and, in particular, offering “Canadian Content” events to the Athenian cultural scene. The Embassy is also one of our Category A Institutional Members. The strength of this relationship depends to a large extent on the level of interest of the Ambassador in the Institute’s activities. For the past four years Ambassador Dr Renata Wielgosz has not only supported whole-heartedly the Institute but also participated in many of our activities and excursions, often with her husband, Ralph Lysyshyn, the former Canadian Ambassador to the Russian Federation.

Alas, all good things must come to an end. Ambassador Wielgosz’s posting to Greece and to Cyprus finishes at the end of August I must inform you. She and her husband will return to Ottawa for a new posting. The members of the Friends of CIG, Jonathan and I will most definitely miss their presence here. We wish them a bright future and many more challenges. Given how much they enjoyed the posting and Greece we are looking forward to their regular visits in the future to renew our friendships. Kalo taxidi apo mas!!!

David W. Rupp

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