Gentle toast to Sullivan

Board of Trade luncheon honours outgoing mayor


As meals went, the Board of Trade’s luncheon to honour outgoing Mayor Sam Sullivan was a bit starchy — all toast, no roast.

About 300 people, including Sullivan’s parents and his partner Lynn Zanatta, attended the early afternoon event at the Westin Bayshore in Coal Harbour yesterday.

“It felt kind of like going to my funeral. I was very worried about the roasting part,” said Sullivan, who had little to worry about from the gentle toasting he took at the hands of Rick Hansen, NPA Coun. Suzanne Anton, SUCCESS CEO Tung Chan and Lorne Segal, president of Kingswood Properties.

Former talk-show personality Vicki Gabereau hosted the event, and at one point told Sullivan to be thankful he still had a full head of hair.

Hansen recounted how Sullivan had called him up and asked for an adapted sailing boat that was given to Hansen by former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

Sullivan used the boat to form the Disabled Sailing Association of B.C.

Anton, the lone NPA councillor to survive last month’s civic election, described what she called a “Sam glow” look that creeps across Sullivan’s face when he thinks about his accomplishments as mayor.