Sir Charles’ deep commitment to the principles of Commonwealth, and his desire to promote collaboration, cooperation and consensus, have motivated his sharing of these beliefs through the leadership and mentoring of over 3,000 high school students attending the week-long National Student Commonwealth Forum (NSCF), now celebrating its 43rd Anniversary in 2015. His 30 years of organizing the Commonwealth Day Interfaith Service in Ottawa is yet another example of building bridges across various faith communities of the Commonwealth, emphasizing our common search for the good and appreciating the joys of diversity. Sir Charles has also taken leadership roles in the Royal Commonwealth Society - Ottawa Branch as three-time President, VP of Membership, and NSCF Liaison, not to mention a term as National President.
In 2014, a new initiative was successfully launched by the Royal Commonwealth Society - Ottawa Branch to establish an NSCF bursary in the name of Sir Charles Gunning, to facilitate the participation of youth from the northern regions of Canada (Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut) and the National Capital region in the week-long NSCF held in Ottawa every year.
Already registered NSCF delegates may apply for the bursary below: