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Official Visit to Newfoundland and Labrador

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June 17, 2011

Governor General to Undertake Official Visit to the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will conduct an official visit to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador from June 23 to 26, 2011.

“Innovation and education, philanthropy and volunteerism, as well as families and children are the three pillars I have chosen to promote during my mandate as governor general, and they will certainly be the focal points of my official visit to the province,” said His Excellency. “My wife, Sharon, and I are looking forward to witnessing the sense of entrepreneurship and solidarity that unites the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. The success story of the traditional village of Fogo Island, which has revitalized its culture through the arts, is one of the many examples that clearly demonstrates how community members have united their efforts to create better life opportunities for themselves.”

Upon their arrival in St. John’s, Their Excellencies will be officially welcomed by the Lieutenant Governor and the Premier, and will meet with the Mayor. During their visit, Their Excellencies will witness the innovative and technological projects implemented by the Provincial Aerospace Limited and by Memorial University’s Landmark Graphics Visualization Laboratory. 

On June 24, as part of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Their Excellencies will meet with members of the Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador to celebrate the importance of Francophone culture in Canada.

Their Excellencies will also have the opportunity to discuss the benefits of volunteerism, philanthropy, and partnerships during meetings with representatives from the Newfoundland and Labrador Foster Families Association, the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Stella Burry Community Services, which provides programs for adults and youth who have experienced personal or family breakdown brought about by mental health issues, addictions, abuse, illiteracy, the lack of education and poverty.

The official visit to the province will conclude with stops at the traditional village of Fogo Island, at Change Islands, and at Twillingate, located on the northeastern coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.



The detailed itinerary for this visit will be published at a later date.

Media information:

Marie-Ève Létourneau                                       
Rideau Hall Press Office                        


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