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International Volunteer Day

December 1, 2011


Governor General to Celebrate International Volunteer Day


OTTAWA — His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will take part in activities marking International Volunteer Day and the 50th anniversary of Cuso International, at Rideau Hall, on Monday, December 5, 2011.

2:30 p.m.
Round-table Discussion on Volunteerism in Canada and Abroad
In recognition of International Volunteer Day, the Governor General will take part in a round-table discussion at Rideau Hall on the impact of volunteerism in Canada and abroad. Participants will include board members and partners of Cuso International, as well as volunteers affiliated with the organization. They will take the opportunity to share their thoughts and experiences with the Governor General on the issue of volunteering. 

Furthermore, Cuso International, in association with Volunteer Canada, will participate in the official launch of the first State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR), tabled by the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) program.
Large Dining Room, Rideau Hall
OPEN TO MEDIA – Media are invited to observe the round-table discussion and take part in a brief question-and-answer period on the topic of volunteerism at the end of the discussion.

3:45 p.m.
Reception to Mark the 50th Anniversary of Cuso International
In honour of International Volunteer Day and 50th anniversary of Cuso International, the Governor General will hold a reception in honour of Cuso International’s milestone anniversary. As the official patron of the organization, His Excellency will take this opportunity to congratulate its staff and volunteers, and to speak on the importance of international volunteerism.
Ballroom, Rideau Hall
OPEN TO MEDIA – At the beginning of the reception, during remarks only

About Cuso International
Cuso International is a non-profit international development agency that works through volunteers. Each year, Cuso International places volunteers of all ages with organizations working to overcome poverty in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Cuso International builds partnerships with local groups to help people living in developing countries. Volunteers come from many professional and personal backgrounds, from across Canada and the United States, as well as from many of the developing countries in which Cuso works. Since 1961, more than 15 000 Cuso International volunteers have contributed a world of solutions, making it one of the longest-running volunteer placement agencies in the world. For more information, visit 




Media wishing to cover the round-table discussion must contact the Rideau Hall Press Office, and must arrive at the Princess Anne entrance no later than 2:15 p.m. on the day of the event.


Media information:

Christelle Legault
Rideau Hall Press Office

Sean Kelly
Head of Communications
Cuso International
902-850-2510 (Office)
902-293-7790 (Cellular)


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