MacKay, Schwartz to be feted at cham­ber event

Cape Breton Post - - COMMENT - BY CHRIS HAYES

En­ergy and En­vi­ron­ment at Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity was an ex­am­ple of how he has helped the area, MacDougall said.

A re­cent an­nounce­ment that Ottawa will con­trib­ute $9.5 mil­lion through its in­fra­struc­ture stim­u­lus fund to im­prove­ments at Marine At­lantic’s dock­ing fa­cil­i­ties was also made by MacKay, she noted.

“For this area, he was very help­ful in a num­ber of projects,” she said. “He was very open and very re­cep­tive to un­der­stand­ing ar­eas that are out­side of the larger metro ar­eas, and that was much ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Keith Ash­field, a Con­ser­va­tive MP for Fredericton, re­placed MacKay as min­is­ter for ACOA and the At­lantic Gate­way in a cab­i­net shuf­fle last month.

The din­ner will be held Thurs­day with a re­cep­tion at 6 p.m. and din­ner at 7 p.m. at the Vic­to­ria Park gar­ri­son in Syd­ney. Tick­ets are $60 for cham­ber mem­bers and $75 for non-membe r s . Pro­ceeds, mi­nus the cost of stag­ing the din­ner, will go to a mil­i­tary fam­ily fund to show ap­pre­ci­a­tion to men and women serv­ing their coun­try and to their fam­i­lies.

Schwartz will also be hon­oured at the din­ner for his role as a founder of the Cana­dian In t e rna t iona l Dem­i­ning Corps, a char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to re­duc­ing the men­ace of un­ex­ploded land mines in war torn coun­tries, ac­cord­ing to a release from the cham­ber.

“It has been such a ben­e­fit through­out the world,” said MacDougall.

A Cape Bre­ton Post story in June noted that Schwartz, who is an Of­fi­cer of the Or­der of Canada, is chair­ing Cape Bre­ton Cares, a multi-mil­lion dol­lar cam­paign in sup­port of can­cer and neona­tal care at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospi­tal. Schwartz has led more than 30 com­pa­nies dur­ing his busi­ness ca­reer and has been an ac­tive com­mu­nity vol­un­teer in ad­di­tion to co-found­ing the dem­i­ning corps.

The de­fence min­is­ter in­di­cated he would like to help pay trib­ute to Schwartz, said MacDougall.

Dur­ing the re­cep­tion, MacKay will also re­fer to the Pear­son Peace­keep­ing Col­lec­tion, which was ac­quired by Cape Bre­ton Uni­ver­sity in 2005 fol­low­ing the clo­sure of a mil­i­tary train­ing fa­cil­ity at Corn­wal­lis Park.

Deputy premier Frank Cor­bett will also make some re­marks.

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