HRH The Prince of Wales celebrates the Hon. Hilary Weston
September 17, 2018
The Prince of Wales made a special video appearance on the night of September 13th, as part of a tribute to The Hon. Hilary Weston and her enduring support and work with Prince’s Trust Canada.
The event, aptly described as a “Garden in the Sky” was generously organized by patrons Sylvia and Robert Mantella. Donors, supporters, Lieutenant Governors from Alberta and Ontario, and National Chief Perry Bellegarde were in attendance to usher in a new era as Mrs. Weston takes on the role of Chair Emeritus of the Prince’s Trust Canada Board.
Providing a video message for the event, The Prince of Wales praised Mrs. Weston, thanking her for years of support, noting in particular her service in the early days of Prince’s Trust Canada, when she “generously agreed to serve as the chair person, sharing her leadership and vision with the new organization.”
“As Hilary serves a new role in the organization as chair emeritus I am delighted that my trust can continue to rely on her support and encouragement and I would like to thank her more than I can ever say for all that she has done to make it what it is today,” said The Prince.
Mrs. Weston has been at the forefront of the Prince’s Trust Canada (formerly the Prince’s Charities Canada)’s mission since its inception. Indeed, without the Westons’ decision to become founding patrons of the organization in 2011, Prince’s Trust Canada would have remained an impossible dream.
“When Galen and Hilary founded Prince’s Charities Canada, it was the first time that His Royal Highness had established a national charitable office outside of the United Kingdom,” said Mark Fell, the Chair of the Prince’s Trust Canada Board. “You and Galen had the foresight to see where the Prince’s passions would so well align with the needs of Canadians.”
“There is hardly an institution or cause in our glorious city which has not benefited from the support and encouragement of The Honourable Hilary Weston,” said Sylvia Mantella, the hostess of the night’s celebrations.
“It was Hilary who reached out to Robert and I to get involved with Prince’s Trust Canada,” Ms. Mantella continued. “In such a short time, I’ve learned so much about their great work helping our veterans, our disadvantaged young people and Indigenous communities across our country.”
The evening’s tributes ended in song. Surprise guests The Tenors serenaded the crowd with a special rendition of Besame Mucho, a final, well-deserved love letter to Mrs. Weston for all that she has done and continues to do, for Prince’s Trust Canada.