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Itinerary: Official Visit to Manitoba

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June 15, 2011


Governor General to Undertake Official Visit to Manitoba

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will conduct an official visit to Manitoba from June 16 to 18, 2011.

“As we continue on our journey across Canada, my wife, Sharon, and I are thrilled to be taking part in our first official visit to Manitoba, a province filled with rich diversity, culture, pride and a strong collaborative spirit,” the Governor General said. “We look forward to meeting with community members who have given their time and energy to improve their communities. We are also looking forward to meeting with Manitoba’s Francophone community and learning about their influence on the province’s history. Our thoughts are also with all Manitobans and first responders as the province braces for further flooding.”

As part of their official duties, Their Excellencies will meet with the Lieutenant Governor and the Premier of Manitoba, as well as the Mayor of Winnipeg and other government officials. As commander-in-chief of Canada, His Excellency will also meet with members of 17 Wing Winnipeg and learn about the work of the men and women who devote their efforts to humanitarian and domestic work in times of emergency.

In addition to attending official functions and events, Their Excellencies will have the opportunity to meet with the many people who have demonstrated great leadership and have given time and energy to their community. Their Excellencies will also meet with members of Manitoba’s Francophone community, as well as learn about a number of cultural, educational and philanthropic initiatives taking place in the province.

Thursday, June 16
Winnipeg, Manitoba

11 a.m.
Official Welcoming Ceremony with Guard of Honour
Upon their arrival in Winnipeg, Their Excellencies will be greeted by the Honourable Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba. Their Excellencies will be presented with full military honours; the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada will be invited to inspect the guard of honour.
Manitoba Legislative Building, 450 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba

11:15 a.m.
Courtesy Call with the Honourable Greg Selinger, Premier of Manitoba
Following the official welcome, Their Excellencies will be escorted inside the Legislative Building where they will sign the official guest book and meet with the Premier of Manitoba.
Manitoba Legislative Building, 450 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
PHOTO-OP – At the beginning of the meeting and signing of the guest book

12:15 p.m.
Meeting with the Their Honours the Honourable Philip Lee, Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, and his spouse, Mrs. Anita Lee
Government House
PHOTO-OP – Upon Their Excellencies’ arrival at Government House

3:15 p.m.
Tour of the Red River Floodway Control Structure
Their Excellencies will be accompanied by the Honourable Steve Ashton, Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation and Minister responsible for Emergency Measures Organization, as well as officials from the Manitoba Water Stewardship and Emergency Measures Organization, on a tour of the Red River Floodway Control Structure.

Recognized as one of the world’s engineering marvels, the Red River Floodway Inlet Control Structure, operated and controlled by the Manitoba Water Stewardship and Manitoba Infrastructure and Transportation, provides protection and security for the residents of Winnipeg. For more information, visit
Red River Floodway, 200-155 Carlton Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba
PHOTO-OP – Upon Their Excellencies’ arrival

4:15 p.m.
Visit to the 17 Wing Air Command Headquarters
Upon arrival, Their Excellencies will be greeted by Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Pamplin, Commanding Officer of the 435 “Chinthe” Transport and Rescue (T&R) Squadron and acting Wing Commander of 17 Wing. They will sign the guest book and meet with 17 Wing headquarters staff. The Governor General will then visit the 402 Training Support Squadron and the 435 “Chinthe” Transport and Rescue Squadron.

17 Wing is a composite formation, conducting and supporting flying operations and a variety of training and command functions. 17 Wing also supports 113 units stretching from Thunder Bay, Ontario, to the Saskatchewan/Alberta border, and from the 49th parallel to the high Arctic. For further information regarding 17 Wing, visit Canada’s Air Force website at  
17 Wing Headquarters Building, Canada Air Force, Winnipeg, Manitoba
PHOTO-OP – Upon Their Excellencies arrival and signing of the guest book in the atrium

Note to media: Interested media are requested to contact Captain Jeff Noel, 17 Wing Public Affairs Officer, at or 204‑833‑2500 ext. 6499. Media must register no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15. Only media registered will be permitted access. Media covering this event must arrive at the Wihuri (formerly Whytewold Avenue North) gate (off of Ness Avenue) no later than 3:50 p.m. for escort to the photo op.

Friday, June 17
Winnipeg, Manitoba 

8:45 a.m.
Visit to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR)
Their Excellencies will be greeted by Mr. Stuart Murray, President and Chief Executive Officer of the CMHR, who will give a presentation on the museum’s progress and future. Following the presentation, Their Excellencies will be taken on a tour of the construction site.

With construction slated for completion in 2012, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, of which the Governor General is patron, promises to be an international landmark, drawing visitors from around the globe. Located at the Forks of the Red and Assiniboine rivers, the museum sits on land that has been a meeting place for thousands of years and is the place where First Nations tribes first came to resolve conflict and live together in peace. For further information, visit
CMHR construction site, located at the corner of Waterfront Drive and William Stephenson Way, Winnipeg, Manitoba
PHOTO-OP – Upon Their Excellencies’ arrival. Media are to report to PCL site office at Gate #1

10:25 a.m.
Visit to David Livingstone Community School
Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies will be greeted by Mrs. Debbie Lenhardt Mair, Principal of David Livingstone Community School, along with members of the Winnipeg School Division. Their Excellencies will meet with the teachers and provincial government officials and learn about Manitoba’s Healthy Child Initiative to assist children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD). Following the meeting, Their Excellencies will meet with students of the Intermediate Bridges FASD Program in the school library to discuss their experiences, successes and challenges of living with FASD.

The Intermediate Bridges FASD Program is a partnership between Healthy Child Manitoba and the Winnipeg School Division to support students with FASD in grades three to six at David Livingstone Community School. The purpose of the program is to identify, support and disseminate best practices in the education of students with FASD.
David Livingstone Community School, 270 Flora Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
PHOTO-OP – Outside the school as Their Excellencies arrive

1:15 p.m.
Presentation of the New International Polar Bear Conservation Centre
His Excellency will be greeted by Mrs. Margaret Redmond, President and CEO of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, and Mr. Don Streuber, Vice-Chair of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy. His Excellency will be presented with a six-minute video on the new “Journey to Churchill” polar bear exhibit, currently under construction. Following the meeting, His Excellency will be invited to plant an oak tree in the park’s new Nature Playground, in support of a new program, Forest for the Future.

Scheduled to open by the end of 2011, the International Polar Bear Conservation Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that will combine a rehabilitation area for orphaned polar bear cubs with a research, academic and public-education centre. The facility will house a conservation centre for academic research on the Arctic environment and polar bear conservation; public education programs; and a polar bear rescue and relocation network for injured animals. For further information, visit
Pavilion Gallery Museum, 55 Pavilion Crescent (in Assiniboine Park), Winnipeg, Manitoba
PHOTO-OP – In the children’s park for the Forest for the Future tree planting 

 Saturday, June 18
St-Boniface, Manitoba

10:00 a.m.
Civic Call with His Worship Sam Katz, Mayor of Winnipeg, and his spouse, Mrs. Leah Katz
Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre, St-Boniface, Manitoba
PHOTO-OP – Upon Their Excellencies’ arrival and at the beginning of the meeting

10:30 a.m.
Reception with Manitoba’s Francophone Community
Their Excellencies will meet with Winnipeg’s Francophone cultural, educational and business communities; His Excellency will offer brief remarks.

St-Boniface is a city ward of Winnipeg and home of the Franco-Manitoban community. Settled at the junction of the Red and Assiniboine rivers in the 18th century, the community has a long history, having witnessed Canada’s population shift toward the West. The Winnipeg Francophone community is considered a founding community at the centre of Manitoban reality.
Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre, 340 Provencher Boulevard, St-Boniface, Manitoba

 Saturday, June 18
Winnipeg, Manitoba

2:00 p.m.
Habitat for Humanity’s 2000th Home in Canada
His Excellency will work with a group of volunteers building two side by side units to benefit two families in the community. During this celebration, the Governor General will help build the organization’s 2000th home in Canada, while the Right Honourable Edward Schreyer, former governor general of Canada, will work with a separate team of volunteers on the construction of the 200th home built by Habitat for Humanity Winnipeg.

These milestone builds are a prelude to the upcoming “Blitz Build” which will take place from July 4‑16. The construction project is located at the Winnipeg Sir Sam Steele School Site, the greenest affordable housing development in Canada, which will be home to 32 families by the end of 2011.

Habitat for Humanity, of which the Governor General is patron, is a non-profit organization working for a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. The mission of the organization is to mobilize volunteers and community partners in building affordable housing and promoting homeownership as a means to breaking the cycle of poverty. For more information, visit
Winnipeg Sir Sam Steel School Site, 871 & 873 Nairn Avenue, Winnipeg Manitoba
OPEN TO MEDIA - Construction site safety regulations require CSA-approved gear to be worn on the build site. A selection of CSA-approved hard hats and work boots will be made available on-site by Habitat for Humanity.




Media information:

Christelle Legault
Rideau Hall Press Office


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