Parliamentary Centre celebrates 45th Anniversary

September 9, 2013

The Parliamentary Centre has been thriving for forty-five years. To mark this important milestone, we decided to hold an evening of celebration at the Rideau Club in Ottawa this summer, inviting dozens of friends and partners to gather, network and share stories about our experiences in the field of democratic governance.

The event was a fantastic success. With nearly 60 attendees, Parliamentary staff had the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of people; from High Commissioners and former Parliamentarians, to Ambassadors and Government representatives. All bringing their own unique experience to the table, the group forged a sense of growth and support in this passionate field.

In addition to celebrating forty-five years, the Parliamentary Centre held the event for a few other reasons. For one, it was a great opportunity to launch our new Strategic Plan, which summarizies our new mission, values and vision for the future. Secondly, the event was an opportunity to shed light on the Centre’s recently completed African Parliamentary Index; a self-assessment tool aimed at measuring the performance of seven parliaments in Benin, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Click here to read about the API.

The evening kicked off with opening remarks from Parliamentary Centre Chair Michael Murphy, who acknowledged the significance of the evening. Founder Peter Dobell was next up to the podium, presenting a commemorative and personal recollection of his experiences with the Centre, from inception, to evolution, to present day.

Dr. Rasheed Draman, the Centre’s Director of Africa Programs followed the discussion, speaking to his involvement with the African Parliamentary Index and encouraging attendees to take a copy. Finally, President and CEO Jean-Paul Ruszkowski took the spotlight to conclude speeches, shedding important light on the Centre`s new strategic plan.

The tone of the event was positive and wistful, allowing people to not only reflect and rejoice in a rich history, but yeild to a promising future.

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