Diplomatic parties this week: German Ambassador Werner Wnendt announces his departure

Deborah Watkins of the International Women's Club of Ottawa, left, speaks at a tribute to the famed Canadian artist Leonard Cohen, who passed away last year. German Ambassador Werner Wnendt, right, and his spouse, Eleonore Wnendt-Juber, co-hosted the event on May 11 at their residence with the IWCO. At the reception, it was announced that Mr. Wnendt's Canadian posting will end at the end of June. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Richard Cohen, a cousin of Leonard Cohen, and Leonard Cohen's sister Susannah Dalfen, with her husband, Jonathan Malino, and Mr. Wnendt. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Environment Minister Catherine McKenna with U.K. High Commissioner Howard Drake, at a May 15 reception at Mr. Drake's home to release a Canada-U.K. report on the transition to a low-carbon economy, stemming from a joint colloquium last year. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett with Tina Park of the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, which co-hosted the event. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Ms. McKenna with former Conservative Senator Hugh Segal, now master of Massey College in Toronto. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

Norwegian Ambassador Anne Kari H. Ovind, centre, hosted a party at her home to mark Norway’s national day and 75th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Canada. Deputy minister for international trade Timothy Sargent, right, pictured with his spouse Anik Lacroix, left, spoke at the May 17 event. The Hill Times photograph by Kristen Shane

Children are a big focus of Norway’s national day festivities. Guests were encouraged to bring their families. Daniel Mellsop, high commissioner of New Zealand, with his spouse Jane Hooker and their children Connor, 3, and Zara, 6. The Hill Times photograph by Kristen Shane

The event every year features a parade around the block by guests. The Hill Times photograph by Kristen Shane