The 2019 MacLaren Legacy Dinner is a three-fold celebration. In addition to honouring Joan Lehman for her outstanding leadership, vision, and commitment to the Barrie community, the dinner pays tribute to the art gallery’s history as the Carnegie public library building.

Each year, there is also a special guest author featured. The 2019 guest speaker is award-winning journalist, author and documentary producer Steve Paikin.

Lehman history dates back to 1978 when her family moved to Barrie and started the planning and consulting firm Lehman & Associates. In 1993, she joined the MacLaren Board of Directors and soon became Chair of the building committee that oversaw the renovation of Barrie’s Carnegie library into a gallery.

For five years, she coordinated the work of architects, consultants, contractors, Board members, politicians and members of the community to bring the vision of the new art centre to life. In recognition of her leadership, she has received several awards and will be presented with the Legacy Award during a special tribute following dinner.

Guest speaker Steve Paikin is the host of TVO’s flagship current affairs program, The Agenda. In the business for more than 35 years, Steve has built a sterling reputation as an eminently fair journalist, who has moderated federal and Ontario election debates.

He has authored seven books including his latest Bill Davis: Nation Builder and Not So Bland After All, produced several feature-length documentaries and reported from two different war zones. In 2013, Steve was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions as a journalist.

The Legacy Dinner takes place on Thursday, Sept. 26, 6-10:30 p.m. in The Carnegie Room at MacLaren Art Centre. Tickets are $180 (includes $100 donation receipt) each or for tables of 10, $1800. Proceeds from this event support MacLaren programmes and exhibitions. To reserve, email  Or call Laura Aylan-Parker at 705-720-1044 ext. 236.

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