Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

May 28, 2009 19:40 ET

Prime Minister to Receive Simon Wiesenthal International Leadership Award at Spirit of Hope Benefit

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 28, 2009) - The Prime Minister of Canada, The Right Honourable Stephen Harper will be the recipient of the prestigious Simon Wiesenthal International Leadership Award on Sunday evening at Roy Thomson Hall.

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center board member, Canadian business icon and philanthropist, Philip Reichmann will bestow the Award on the Prime Minister. According to Reichmann, "our Prime Minister uniquely understands that racism, antisemitism and intolerance of any nature are incongruous to Canadian democratic principles."

Among the 2,200 people attending the Spirit of Hope Benefit are former Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard; Vice Prime Minister of Israel, Silvan Shalom; former US Secretary for Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff; SWC Dean and Founder, Rabbi Marvin Hier and John Bolton, former US Ambassador to the United Nations.

According to Allan Silber, who is Co-Chairing the event with his wife Hinda, "the Award is named after Simon Wiesenthal, a man who dedicated his life to the pursuit of justice and human rights. We believe that Prime Minister Stephen Harper represents those very same values."

"Many leaders have confirmed their attendance, including Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty," said Avi Benlolo, FSWC President and CEO. "We are also expecting some of the city's top philanthropists and business leaders, not to mention numerous federal and provincial leaders including mayors, municipal councillors and police chiefs. Their participation demonstrates that our education programs are having a positive impact in society," said Benlolo.

About Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies

Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies is a Canadian human rights organization dedicated to fostering tolerance and understanding through community involvement, educational outreach and social action. The Center currently has over 25,000 members across Canada, and confronts important contemporary issues including racism, antisemitism, terrorism and genocide. Visit for more information.

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