2015 MacLaren Legacy Dinner

2015 MacLaren Legacy Award recipient, Graham Knight.
Award-winning writer and editor, Andrea Curtis. Photo by Karri North
Festival: 
Carnegie Days 2015
Fees: 
$180 per person (includes $100 tax donation receipt)

Legacy Dinner
Thursday, September 24, 6:00 to 10:30 pm
The Carnegie Room 
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Join us for an outstanding evening as we present Graham Knight, founding board president of what is now the MacLaren Art Centre, with the 2015 Legacy Award in honour of his  sustained leadership and commitment to making Barrie a wonderful community. The evening will also include remarks by special guest speaker Andrea Curtis, award-winning author and editor. 

Proceeds from this fundraising event support MacLaren programmes for children and youth. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Tickets $180, with a donation receipt for $100. For tickets or tables, Sue-Ellen Boyes at 705-720-1044 ext. 236 or sue.ellen@maclarenart.com

About Graham Knight

After graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from McMaster University in 1975, Graham Knight earned a diploma in Public Administration at the University of Western Ontario that same year and graduated from the UWO Faculty of Law in 1978. After articling in Barrie, Graham joined Owen Burgar where his practice in the area of Business law included corporate, commercial, intellectual property and real estate. He became Partner at the firm in 1983. He chaired Burgar Rowe’s Commercial Law Department until 2007, was responsible for Finance at the firm from 2003 to 2007 and served as Managing Partner from 2007 to 2010.  In 2014 Graham became Counsel to Barriston Law.

From the start, Graham has been involved in supporting Barrie not-for-profit and community organizations, offering services to Simcoe Outreach Services, New Path Youth and Family Services, Barrie Pathways to End Homelessness, and Youth Boost. During the early 80s, he co-founded an I.O.O.F group responsible for building 80 units of affordable housing which continues to operate as the Three Links Housing Co-operative.

Graham was a founding member of the Barrie Arts Council, taking leave of the council in 1983 with the goal of bringing an art gallery to the City of Barrie. He formed, incorporated and was first chair of the Barrie Gallery Project, which over time became the MacLaren Art Centre. During Graham’s tenure as Chair, the Gallery Project acquired and installed the Spirit Catcher, the Ron Baird sculpture on Barrie’s waterfront that has become an iconic symbol of the city. Graham was a founding member of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise (CAFÉ) Georgian Bay Chapter. He was also a founding director and member of Board of Gilda’s Club Simcoe Muskoka from 2003 to 2009. More recently, he has collaborated with Stephanie Knight and Lin and Tom Wilson to conceive the Illuminating Conversations interview series held at the Mady Centre. Now in its second season, the series features individuals who have contributed positively to their communities. Of particular interest to those who know him mainly as a lawyer or a volunteer, Graham is also a certified level II canoeist, holds his brown belt in karate, hikes and snowshoes; enjoys his Algonquin Park cabin, is an enthusiastic cyclist, a goalie for the Barriston Badgers ball hockey team, and writes and plays music, completing four CDs with his friend Gerry Wall.

About Andrea Curtis

Andrea Curtis is an award-winning writer for adults and children and a contributor to many of Canada’s best-known magazines. Her most recent book is the bestselling The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement written with food activist Nick Saul. The Stop won the Taste Canada Food Writing Award, a Heritage Toronto Award and was nominated for the Toronto Book Award. What’s for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World, Andrea’s first children’s book, has also won several awards and been published in South Korea. Before beginning to freelance full-time, Andrea was an editor at Toronto Life, Cottage Life, Shift and editor-in-chief of This magazine. She teaches creative writing to kids, is a volunteer board member, and is active in her local school garden. A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Andrea lives in Toronto with her husband and their two boys. 

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Carnegie Days 2015 Schedule

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