Union honours diplomats in tough gigs: This week in diplomatic parties

Former prime minister Joe Clark, left, Immigration Minister John McCallum, third from left, and Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion, right, with award winners, from left, Mona Yacoub, Jacqueline Kalisz, and Brigitte Fournier. Absent: Karen Bongard. The award winners are diplomats honoured at their union PAFSO's annual awards gala, June 9 at the Shaw Centre. PAFSO photo by Gordon King

Outgoing PAFSO president Tim Hodges, Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion, and former prime minister Joe Clark. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Global Affairs Canada assistant deputy minister for Asia Pacific Susan Gregson, associate deputy minister of foreign affairs Diane Jacovella, and trade commissioner Alex Chen at the PAFSO awards June 9. The Hill Times photograph by Kristen Shane

GAC ADM for international security and political affairs Mark Gwozdecky, former foreign affairs DM Daniel Jean, and ADM-Americas David Morrison. The Hill Times photograph by Kristen Shane

NDP foreign affairs critic Hélène Laverdière, and veteran ambassadors Paul Durand and his wife, Patricia Fortier, and Bill Crosbie. The Hill Times photograph by Kristen Shane

New foreign service officers Jovonne Lee, Meagan Thiessen, Isabelle Schmidt, Florimont Poirier, Paul Racine-Sibulka, James Mutter, and Heather Donald at the PAFSO awards. The Hill Times photograph by Kristen Shane

Croatian Ambassador Marica Matković with Romanian counsellor Aurelia Zmeu at the Croatian official residence on June 9 for Croatia's national day. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.

German deputy Jörn Rosenberg, Croatian first secretaries Ljubica Beric and Martina Mihovilic Vracaric, Ms. Matkovic, and German Ambassador Werner Wnendt. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.

Ms. Matković with Malaysian High Commissioner Aminahtun Karim. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.

Ms. Matković with Estonian Ambassador Gita Kalmet. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.

Deputies from Iceland, Sweden, Denmark and Norway: Olof Sigvaldadottir, Jessica Hedin, Maja Sverdrup, and Else Kveinen, on June 2 before they biked to Denmark's national day reception. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.

Costa Rican Ambassador Roberto Dormond-Cantú with his spouse, Gabriela Carazo Barrantes, ride their bikes from the National Gallery to the Danish residence in Rockcliffe. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.

Diplomats, MPs, and other guests biked along the paths on Sussex Drive to the Danish ambassador's home in Rockcliffe, in advance of a reception celebrating Denmark's national day. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.

Ambassador of Portugal, José Moreira da Cunha, welcomes Haitian Ambassador Frantz Liautaud to the Portugese residence on June 10 for Portugal's national day. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.

Ambassador of Kazakhstan Konstantin Zhigalov with Mr. Moreira da Cunha. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.

Swedish Ambassador Per Sjögren and George L. Marcantonatos, ambassador of Greece. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.

Loretta Loria, spouse of the Austrian ambassador, with Lurdes, Mr. Moreira da Cunha's spouse. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.

Slovak Ambassador Andrej Droba hosts a photo exhibition at Global Affairs Canada's headquarters on June 9. He is seen here with Alexandra Bugailiskis, assistant deputy minister for Europe, the Middle East and Maghreb, and EU Ambassador Marie-Anne Coninsx. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.

Polish Ambassador Marcin Bosacki with Daniela Drobova, Mr. Droba's spouse at the Amazing Planet exhibition on June 9. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.

Zuzana Matejbusova, Filip Kulisev, and Adriana Kolarikova, first secretaries at the Embassy of Slovakia. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.

Mr. Kulisev and Jissette Abreu, second secretary at the Embassy of Venezuela. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.

Robert Collette, right, with his spouse, left, and Moroccan Ambassador Nouzha Chekrouni at Sweden's June 7 national day at the ambassador's Rockcliffe home. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.

Stefan Sjostrand, president at IKEA Canada, with former Ottawa Senator Daniel Alfredsson, and Swedish Ambassador Per Sjögren. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.

Ms. Coninsx with Mr. Sjögren at his national day celebration. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia.