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November 16, 2009

Governor General honoured with Recognition of Achievement Award from the National Quality Institute

OTTAWA—During a ceremony this morning at Rideau Hall, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, received the Special Recognition of Achievement Award from the National Quality Institute for her dedication to women, children and Aboriginal people. The award was presented to her by members of the Institute’s board of governors, from across Canada, before an audience of invited guests.

In her speech, Her Excellency expressed her gratitude to the National Quality Institute’s chair, Mr. Kevin Dougherty, and its president, Mr. Allan Ebedes.

“This is a great honour for me to receive this award for my commitment to women, youth and Aboriginal people. If you are presenting me with this award today, it is because you share my conviction that we cannot pursue our interests to the detriment of the interests of others. That we cannot allow ourselves to exclude entire segments of our society; otherwise, we risk overlooking a veritable treasure trove of knowledge, skills and ideas. When we make decisions that lead to exclusion, we create a social problem that may come at a very high price. We need the courage to reflect on the consequences of our decisions, to rethink how we do things, while focussing on the greater good. Thank you for the honour you do me today, but more than that, thank you for your commitment to excellence in every aspect and at every level of your organization,” said the Governor General.

About the National Quality Institute
The National Quality Institute is a not-for-profit, independent organization whose goal is to help Canadian private and public sector organizations to implement programs of excellence. The National Quality Institute works with organizations to manage self-assessment activities, review business processes, and develop improvement programs. Award recipients are recognized for the work they have done to improve the quality of life and the standard of living of Canadians, as well as the future sustainability of the world.

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Media Information:
Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-0287
613-302-0912 (cell.)
meletourneau@gg.ca
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Bonita Savard
National Quality Institute
416-251-7600, ext. 233
bonita@nqi.ca