The late Sir Edmund Hillary* KG ONZ KBE requested
"Help me help the Sherpas"
* Photo of the late Sir Edmund Hillary by Pat and Rosemarie Keough
FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
W.F. (Zeke) O'Connor
ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Karen O'Connor, President
Robin D. Walker, Secretary
Dr. Kami T. Sherpa,
(Senior Medical Officer)
Kevin Leung, Treasurer
HONORARY LIFE MEMBERS
Dr. Joan Ford
Peter W. Webster
C. Richard Sharpe
Dr. Robert Zimmerman
Dr. Kami T. Sherpa
Phurba S. Sherpa
Robin D. Walker
MASCOT OF THE FOUNDATION
This year, the Foundation’s office has been busy planning both the Toronto Gala as well as the Calgary Gala. Since the decision to realign the Calgary dinner, Zeke, Bob Kolbuc and Martine Quin worked overtime looking for volunteers in Calgary to help out. Francisco Gomez and Todd Millar originally offered to help, but only Francisco was able to commit the time. Todd Millar has decided that he can no longer meet the demands of the Foundation and has submitted his resignation from the Board.
After discussions with Zeke, Todd Simmer-a long-time supporter in Calgary and Margie Schuett – a friend of the Foundation, stepped in to help and have done a wonderful job. Todd’s enthusiasm, creative ideas and organization came in handy while Margie’s event expertise and amazing group of volunteers helped to established a new chapter in Calgary and we were able to have a wonderful event with a good return! The Toronto Gala was also a huge success. We actually sold out of all our available tables and had one of the best bottom lines in many years. Thank you for those of you that attended the dinners we hope you had a good time and learned about the projects we have been supporting for the past 40 years!
I would like to address the Widow’s of the fallen16 Sherpa’s Fund. Many of you know we started to collect donations from various people who had asked to contribute to help the families of The Everest Disaster which happened this past May. We had Dr. Kami Sherpa with us at our meeting and heard what he thought would be appropriate to help these Sherpa women. Our fund will begin to payout to these women in the New Year.
SEHF Golf Tournament which took place in June this year was once again a successful fundraiser. We are very grateful to Herb Paterson and his son David for hosting the event. It was well attended and a really fun day, with so many friends returning to enjoy the day of golf at St. Andrews in Aurora, which is such a lovely course. We hope to see you all out again in June 2015 and thank you for supporting the event!
I cannot finish my report without thanking the Board of Directors and our sponsors who this year have not only taken tables, but also found new people to attend the dinner and buy tables. With this type of participation from our Board, we are guaranteed successful Galas. As you all are aware it is a lot work to put these dinners on. Both the time and energy of so many individuals go into these important fundraisers and having this strong support from our Board Members and friends of the Foundation, lessens the burden and makes all the work worthwhile!
Thank you again!!
On behalf of the Foundation, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Karen O’Connor President
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After a friendship of several years with Sir Edmund Hillary,accompanying him on trips within Canada and the U.S.A., Mr. W.F. (Zeke) O’Connor was honoured in being invited as the Canadianrepresentative on an expedition to the Mount Everest Base Campin 1973, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the successfulascent of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund and Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay.Mr. O’Connor and now Karen O’Connor the current president haverevisited Nepal each year since his first visit in 1973 to the present.Karen O’Connor and a number of the Foundation Directors return toCanada each year with a deeper understanding of the many needsof the Sherpa people and a determination to further the effortsof seeking financial aid for the worthy projects underway in themountain regions of Nepal. Emphasis is on involvement of the localcommunity. As a result of this groundwork, the totally Canadian TheSir Edmund Hillary Foundation (SEHF) began in 1974‑75 and receivedits charter on October 1, 1976, and is registered as a charitableinstitution.Read more about the foundation atwww.thesiredmundhillaryfoundation.ca
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