Reception: 6:30 p.m.
Dinner: 7:30 p.m.
The Arts & Letters Club
14 Elm Street Toronto, ON
M5G 1G7

Graham Fraser, Scot of the Year 2018

It was back in 1993 that we initiated our Annual Scot of the Year Award to honour individuals with a Scottish connection who have achieved distinction through their contribution to Canadian society or the international community at large and we invite you to attend our 2018 event during which we will pay tribute to this year's recipient: Graham Fraser, Canada's sixth Commissioner of Official Languages, a former Canadian journalist and a writer whose Scots ancestry can be traced to the north of Scotland. He is the author of several books, both in English and French, and served as the National Affairs Correspondent for the Toronto Star, for which he also wrote a weekly column. He was also an adjunct professor of journalism at Carleton University from 2003-2008.

Graham is the son of Blair Fraser, a respected newspaper and magazine reporter of the mid-20th century who sadly drowned on a canoe trip in 1968. Graham attended Upper Canada College and later studied at the University of Toronto where he obtained a BA in 1968 and an MA in History in 1973. During his career as a journalist, Fraser wrote for Maclean's, The Globe and Mail, The Montreal Gazette, The Toronto Star and Le Devoir.

Graham's unusual abilities as a journalist writing in both of Canada's official languages gave him natural qualifications to be Canada's Commissioner of Official Languages. In early 2006 he published a book, Sorry, I Don't Speak French, which reviewed the successes and failures of Canada's policy of official bilingualism. It was largely on the basis of the book and of Fraser's bilingual work experience that he was appointed Canada's Commissioner of Official Languages in September 2006.

His wife Barbara Uteck was Private Secretary for the Governor General of Canada from 2000 to 2006 and lived at Rideau Cottage behind Rideau Hall.

During the evening, you will enjoy a magnificent evening of fine food, music and dance — all with a Scots-Canadian flavour in the historic environment of the Arts & Letters Club, designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2007. Highland dancing to the sound of the bagpipes, and music by Celtic band Mystic Fyre will help create an ambiance reminiscent of a Scottish castle. The dress code for the evening will be formal (black tie or Highland dress) so this is your chance to dress up for one of the most sophisticated events in the Scots-Canadian calendar.

We do hope you will be able to join us for this memorable evening, the proceeds of which will go to support the Scottish Studies Foundation, a registered Canadian charity established to raise awareness of the Scottish heritage in Canada through education at the university level.

For more information, please contact Maggie McEwan
by telephone at 905-301-5475
or David Hunter by e-mail at:


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