June 2, 2007.
A friend of mine and fellow writer, Kim Fahner, much involved with the Laurentian University was scheduled to give the Alumni welcome address at the June 2 ceremony. She was unable to fulfill the commitment and suggested me as a replacement.
Though the occasion required me to read a bilingual speech, I believe that I did so competently, thanks to the gracious assistance of another friend, Sue Brunet 🙂
The true opportunity arising from this event was the chance to meet Robert J. Sawyer who was the key speaker and recipient that day.
While I must admit I was incredibly shy and probably came off as a bit of a doofus, I was very pleased to meet Mr. Sawyer and his address regarding the future and his vision of it was excellent.