MISSISSAUGA — Friends and family gathered recently to celebrate the career of World Vision Canada president and CEO Dave Toycen, who plans to retire from his position with the Mississauga-based organization shortly.
A cocktail reception and dinner was held at the Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel to mark the 42 years Toycen has worked with World Vision, including 26 with World Vision Canada.
A number of dignitaries attended the event, including Juno Award-winning musician Tom Cochrane.
“Dave was always ready to tackle the toughest of problems, ready to suffer through endless travel, discomfort and danger to address those problems and offer support and comfort to those in need and those on the ground who do the heavy lifting,” said Cochrane. “I witnessed it. So many of you have witnessed it.”
There was also a special performance by the Toronto Children’s Choir and Performing Arts Company.
Other special guests at the event included former and current Mississauga mayors Hazel McCallion and Bonnie Crombie.
Supporters and friends were also there to talk about Toycen’s tireless advocacy for children, families and communities in developing countries.
“It was humbling to hear the kind words of my colleagues, friends and family,” said Toycen. “But most of all, I want to thank all of the people who have believed in me all these years. We are making progress in helping children and mothers around the world, and we cannot quit.”