Speaker of the Polish Senate visits Canada
May 4, 2010 by YouNxt
This past Sunday a few hundred Polish-Canadians and special dignitaries gathered at the SPK
building in Toronto to welcome the Honourable Bogdan Borusewicz, Speaker of the Senate of the Republic of Poland (Marszałek Senatu w Polsce.
Mr. Borusewicz, who is the first Speaker of the Polish Senate to have served two terms in office, was also a principal organizer in the Solidarity movement. As the Leader of the Polish Senate he holds one of the highest positions in the country.
Prior to joining guests at SPK, Mr. Borusewicz attended a classical music concert at University of Toronto’s Convocation Hall in celebration of Fryderyk Chopin’s bicentennial. In Poland, the Polish government has declared 2010 the Year of Fryderyk Chopin and there are ongoing celebrations and tributes there as well as all over the world happening throughout the year.
While addressing the audience at SPK, Mr. Borusewicz spoke about reaching out to Polish-Canadians doing whatever he could to help maintain a strong Polish culture as well as fostering stronger ties with Canada. Subsequently, he also recognized exemplary service by two Polish Combatants with special medals.
The gathering at SPK provided a great opportunity for young professionals, including members of YouNxt and student groups like PISK to do a bit of catching up and networking. It was also an opportunity for some reminiscing.
Many of them had a rare opportunity to meet Mr. Borusewicz almost a year earlier at a special meeting while attending the 1st Edition for the Polish Leaders Abroad (Szkoła Liderów Polonijnych – SLP.)
The two week program, which brought to Poland 30 Canadians and Americans with Polish roots, focused on leadership skills as well as fostering connections between the three countries. The program was financed, in part, by the Polish Senate.
Mr. Borusewicz will be in Canada until the end of the week. He will be the guest of honour at the Quo Vadis II Conference. FT
Attendees of SLP meet with Speaker of the Polish Senate, Warsaw 2009
Meeting with Speaker of the Polish Senate Bogdan Borusewicz, Toronto 2010