Inaugural Nature Ball and diplomatic parties this week: Oct. 5, 2016

Nature Canada Ball chair Sheefra Brisbin, three-time Juno award winner Chantal Kreviazuk, ball patron Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, and author and environmental activist Margaret Atwood, pose in the Chateau Laurier ballroom for the inaugural charity ball for Nature Canada. Photograph courtesy of Bente Nielsen

Some fashion from the evening was inspired by nature, like this dress made entirely of compostable dishware, worn by Susanna Carson. The Hill Times photograph by Chelsea Nash

Darwin the owl and his handler with a guest. The Hill Times photograph by Chelsea Nash

A canoe with paddles signed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his spouse, Ms. Grégoire Trudeau, is auctioned off for $4,600, in support of 'keeping kids in nature.' The Hill Times photograph by Chelsea Nash

Ms. Atwood discusses her graphic-novel series, at the Sept. 30 inaugural event. Photograph courtesy of Bente Nielsen

Pakistani High Commissioner Tariq Khan, left, is greeted by Saudi Ambassador Naif Alsudairy, right, and Abdullah Al Rabeeah, the supervisor general of the Saudi government's new international aid agency, who was visiting Ottawa, to celebrate Saudi Arabia's national day at the embassy. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

George Furey, Speaker of the Senate, cuts the cake with Mr. Alusdairy and Mr. Al Rabeeah at the Sept. 26 Saudi event. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Korean Ambassador DaeShik Jo, centre, and his spouse, Eunyoung Park, left, greet Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr at Korea's national day at the Museum of History on Sept. 29. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Esther Oh, a Korean-American soprano from Philadelphia, performs in the Museum of History theatre. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Mr. Jo and Ms. Park with the spouse of Thai ambassador, Wannipa Isarabhakdi at the Korean national day. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Polish defence attaché Col. Cezary Kiszkowiak, with Canadian veteran and Liberal MP Andrew Leslie at the Polish Embassy on Sept. 27 marking Polish Armed Forces Day. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Col. Kiszkowiak speaks to a room full of his attaché colleagues and veterans to mark the occasion. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia