In the wake of the story of Mayor Rob Ford allegedly being asked to leave the Garrison Ball, six members of the event committee released this signed statement Tuesday:
March 26, 2013
To whom it may concern:
Re: Toronto Star Article regarding Mayor Rob Ford dated March 26, 2013
As a civilian member of the volunteer organizing committee of the 2013 Toronto Garrison Ball, I
can confirm that I did not ask Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto, to leave the event on February 23,
2013 for any reason. To my knowledge, no member of the event’s organizing committee,
including Councillor Paul Ainslie, directed the Mayor to leave the event that night.
The evening of February 23rd was a tremendous opportunity to join so many of the men and
women who have served our Nation so honourably at home and abroad. In the past twelve
months alone, Toronto-area soldiers, sailors and airmen and women have been asked to step in
harm’s way in such places as Afghanistan, the Caribbean Sea, Libya, Mali, the Pacific, Sierra
Leone, and off the coast of Somalia.
The evening built bridges within the community, while raising needed funds for the Wounded
Warriors, a non-profit organization that helps Canadian Forces members who have been
wounded or injured in their service to Canada. As we approach the 200th anniversary of the
Battle of York in April 2013, none of us should ever forget that Canada remains free to this day
due to the service and sacrifice of so many, both present and past.
Darrell Bricker, Committee Member
Lyndsey Fisk-Calhoun, Committee Member
Maureen Harquail, Committee Member
Caroline Mulroney Lapham, Committee Co-Chair
Mark McQueen, Committee Co-Chair
John Wright, Committee Member