Bob Burnie to be on hot seat at Children's Treatment Centre roast

Todd Hambleton, Standard-Freeholder, June 21, 2019

Bob Burnie to be on hot seat at Children's Treatment Centre roast

Todd Hambleton, Standard-Freeholder, June 21, 2019
When Bob Burnie filled in as master of ceremonies for the last Children's Treatment Centre Dinner and Roast, he drew some rave reviews.

And this is the thanks he gets?

Burnie, the retired inspector with the Cornwall Police Service, will be on the hot seat on Fri., Sept. 6, when he's the roastee at the Best Western Parkway Inn in Cornwall.

And he can't wait for the anecdotes, insults and one-liners to start flying.

"Oh absolutely, because of what (the evening is) for," Burnie said.

The Children's Treatment Centre on Friday afternoon announced some details for what it one of its major fundraisers each year, and Cornwall city councillor Claude McIntosh returns as master of ceremonies after vacating the post at what was the 23rd CTC roast late last summer, coming just weeks before the municipal election.

Announced roasters are retired OPP officer Brenda Evans, lawyer Gaye (Zig) Leroux, Rev. Kevin Maloney and retired Cornwall Police Service officer Thom Racine.

Last year's dinner and roast were in honour of Rev. Kevin Maloney, and it was a big success, a sold-out gathering with over $40,000 raised - the most ever.

Burnie nearly stole the show with his dry wit, getting lots of laughs during his introductions of speakers on an evening when there was no shortage of competition in the one-liner and humorous anecdotes departments.

Adams at the dinner set the bar low, introducing Burnie and saying that Bob is "a seasoned police officer and seasoned community volunteer, but I must say he's not seasoned at one thing, which is MC'ing roasts. . .he's a little nervous."

Adams may have been kidding, because it didn't show - Burnie looked like a veteran pro.

Now he'll have to deflect the barbs that fly his way.

"I'm looking forward to (talking about) Bob, returning the favour," said Maloney, who was the first roastee at the CTC event, back in 1996.

Easy does it, though, roasters.

"Just remember, at the end of the night, I'm the last person with the microphone," Burnie cautioned.

The roast is in a huge air-conditioned room, but expect the temperature to rise once the roasters start cooking.

"People should dress light, it'll be pretty hot in that (venue)," event chair Sean Adams said. "(Attendees) will certainly get their money's worth."

Tickets for the roast are $100 and can be purchased by calling the CTC at 613-933-4400.

The cash bar will be at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and roast beginning at 8 p.m.