The Annual Tribute is the Clinic’s most important fundraising event.
TORONTO: Thursday, May 3, 2018 – The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is excited to announce this year’s Annual Tribute master of ceremonies will be the well-known comedic actor, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee.
Well known for his role as Appa in the CBC hit, Kim’s Convenience, Paul won Best Actor in Comedy at Canadian Screen Awards in 2017, and 2018. Without question, Paul will bring a sense of humour to the night’s event, along with his personal and unique appreciation for the cause, the Clinic and the work we do to help women who have experienced gender-based violence.
Paul joins as the Tribute emcee at a pivotal time. As the #metoo and #aftermetoo movements call for greater involvement by men to prevent acts of violence against women, Paul’s commitment to empowering those in need of representation extends itself to bringing awareness to change needed within the industry he loves. This awareness can only create more opportunity for women who have experienced violence to come forward knowing that they are supported and believed.
“We are ecstatic that Paul can join us this year,” says Amanda Dale, the Clinic’s executive director. “I firmly believe that now is the time for men to be represented, to stand up and demonstrate their support for women who have experienced gender-based violence. We have never excluded men from the conversation. Now, however, is the time for men to step forward and show how they too can be a catalyst for change,” added Amanda.
Hosted by Blakes LLP, the event attracts more than 500 dedicated supporters of social justice. The evening serves as an excellent opportunity to support both the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic and the more than 7,000 women who called on the Clinic last year seeking our legal, counselling and interpretative services so that they could begin to build lives free from violence.
“Last year, the Clinic saw an 83 percent increase in the demand for its sexual assault counselling services,” says Shaun O’Brien, the Clinic’s board president. “To meet the increase in this demand, we must exceed last year’s goal and reach $250,000. I know the generosity of this crowd – its patrons, benefactors and guests – and believe each will take this need seriously and bid actively, if not competitively, on the live and silent auction items to help us reach our fundraising goal.”
About Paul Sun-Hyung Lee
Paul Sun-Hyung Lee is an award-winning actor, writer, comedian and dad. Winner of two consecutive Canadian Screen Awards for Best Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role as Appa in the hit CBC series “Kim’s Convenience”, the Toronto Theatre Critics Award for Best Actor, and nominated for both ACTRA and Dora Mavor Moore Awards for Outstanding Performance, Paul continues to pursue excellence both onstage and onscreen.
Selected film and Television credits include “Kim’s Convenience”, “Shoot the Messenger”, “End of Days Inc”, “Robocop”, “Train 48”.
Selected Stage Credits include Kim’s Convenience (NYC premiere), Chimerica, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Ali & Ali The Deportation Hearings, The Monster Under The Bed.
About the Schlifer Tribute Event
Barbra Schlifer was sexually assaulted and murdered when returning home after celebrating her Call to the Bar of Ontario. The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic was established in her honour. Since February 1995, the Clinic’s signature fundraising event, “A Tribute to Friendship” has been the main driver for raising the Clinic’s funds.
About the Barbra Schlifer Clinic
The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is a specialized clinic for women experiencing violence, established in the memory of Barbra Schlifer – an idealistic young lawyer whose life was cut short by violence on the night of her call to the bar of Ontario on April 11, 1980. In her memory, the Clinic assists approximately 8,000 women a year to build lives free from violence through counselling, legal representation, and language interpretation. Since opening in 1985, the Clinic has assisted more than 65,000 women.
For more information, or to RSVP to the Annual Tribute as media, please contact Pamela Rice at 416 323 9149 x 228 or [email protected].