For current Club President, Louise Kawaler, this year's event held November 22 was especially notable.
"We exceeded our attendance expectations with 300 guests, listened to the remarkable exploits of our keynote speaker, the Honourable Dr. Marc Garneau, Member of Parliament for Westmount-Ville-Marie
and the first Canadian astronaut to travel in space, and we presented a $15,000 cheque to the Greater Vancouver Food Bank.
Kawaler explains, "I was certain that an astronaut would be an ideal guest speaker for the gala since the space experience offers a unique view of our world, and it was certainly a bonus that Mr. Garneau served as a commander in the Canadian Navy."
notes the organization has raised $56,000 for local charitable organizations over the past four years including the Mission
for Seafarers, Covenant House and the United Way.
As well as direct donations, the Plimsoll Club
sponsors a bursary for an eligible student at the British Columbia Institute of Technology's
nautical sciences marine engineers and deck officer's diploma program.
"We do two major events a year," says Louise Kawaler
The bar has been set high by Louise
committee, and the stage set for future events.