JNF Canada Honors Canadian PM Stephen Harper-1.
(photo credit: KKL)
JNF Canada Honors Canadian PM Stephen Harper
Around 4,600 guests attended the festive JNF Canada Negev Dinner held at the Metro Toronto Convention Center. The dinner was held in tribute Canadian Prime Minister, the Right Honorable Stephen Harper, who was the guest of honor at the event. The Prime Minister's senior ministers were also present, along with other government officials and numerous KKL-JNF and Israel supporters.
JNF Canada is honoring PM Stephen Harper with a major KKL-JNF project, the Hula Valley Bird Sanctuary Visitor and Education Center, which will bear his name. The Hula Valley, with its abundance of water and vegetation, serves as an important rest stop for millions of birds migrating from Europe to Africa during the winter months, earning its reputation as a world class bird-watching site.
Over the course of the evening, the 175 KKL-JNF projects in Israel established over the past decade thanks to the support of JNF Canada, were shown, including, of course, the Hula Lake Park.
Regarding the Stephen J. Harper Hula Valley Bird Sanctuary Visitor and Education Center, he emphasized that the project was very important to him for 3 reasons:
"I value it obviously as a personal recognition that is bestowed on me, I also think it is a fantastic environmental project, but the third, most important thing is this: It is where it is, in the homeland of the Jewish people, in that light of freedom and democracy in what is otherwise a region of darkness, the State of Israel."