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National Volunteer Week

April 13, 2012

Governor General to Celebrate National Volunteer Week

OTTAWA — His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will participate in a wide variety of events to highlight National Volunteer Week, from April 15 to 21, 2012.

“During National Volunteer Week, I will be visiting and speaking with volunteers about how we can innovate and adapt to the changing needs of our communities, reinforcing how vital giving is in our everyday lives, and discovering what drives us to volunteer and what prevents us from doing so,” said the Governor General. “It is also with pride that I will present, for the first time during my mandate, the Caring Canadian Award.”

Here are the events in which the Governor General will participate:

Monday, April 16
Gatineau, Quebec

7:15 a.m.
Serving Breakfast with Volunteers of the Club des petits déjeuners
The Governor General will join volunteers serving breakfast to over 100 students of Notre-Dame elementary school. Accompanied by Mr. Daniel Germain, President and Founder of Club des petits déjeuners du Québec, and Member of the Order of Canada, His Excellency will discuss the benefits of the program with volunteers, students, school staff, and school board officials.

Club des petits déjeuners du Québec does its utmost to ensure that every child receives two elements required for learning:  a nutritious breakfast and a nourishing environment. Throughout Quebec, each and every morning, dedicated volunteers serve breakfast in 297 schools. For more information, visit
École Notre-Dame, 170, Papineau Street
Media contact: Gabriel St-Pierre, 450-641-3230 ext. 243 or

Monday, April 16
Ottawa, Ontario

9:15 a.m.
Governor General’s Round Tables – Professional Practices in Volunteer Engagement
His Excellency will deliver the opening address to the participants of the inaugural Governor General’s Round Table on Volunteerism and Philanthropy. The event is organized in partnership with Volunteer Canada (VC). Following the Governor General’s address, VC will introduce the 2012 Edition of their Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement.

Since 1977, Volunteer Canada has been committed to increasing and supporting volunteerism and civic participation through ongoing programs, special projects and national initiatives, by developing resources and by engaging in research and training across the country. For more information, visit
Carleton University, River Building, Conference Room 2220
OPEN TO MEDIA – Opening remarks
Media contact: Brendan Glauser, 1-800-670-0401, ext. 227 or

1:30 p.m.
Live Twitter Session with the Governor General on Volunteerism
The Governor General invites all Canadians to join him for a 45-minute live Twitter session. The ‘twitterverse’ will be able to share their thoughts about volunteerism by tweeting @GGDavidJohnston directly and will learn more about his thoughts and volunteer experiences. Their participation will foster animated conversation and engagement of the online community that is passionate about volunteerism. Volunteer Canada will actively participate to the session, along with other third sector organizations. The hashtagh to be used is #GGDJ.
Rideau Hall, Secretaries’ Conference Room
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – At approximately 1:45 p.m.

6 p.m.
Volunteer Recognition Event with LiveWorkPlay
His Excellency will deliver remarks at a ceremony during which more than 50 LiveWorkPlay volunteers will be recognized for their outstanding service. Following the ceremony, the Governor General will attend a reception to meet with the recipients and discuss volunteerism. This recognition event is held with the support of Volunteer Canada.

LiveWorkPlay is an Ottawa-based charitable organization that helps the community welcome people with intellectual disabilities to live, work, and play as valued citizens. For more information, visit
Canadian Museum of Nature, Rotunda, 240 McLeod Street
OPEN TO MEDIA – During the ceremony
Media contact: Keenan Wellar, 613-702-0332,

Tuesday, April 17
Ottawa, Ontario

10:30 a.m.
Caring Canadian Award Presentation Ceremony
His Excellency will preside over his first Caring Canadian Award presentation ceremony and present the award to 28 volunteers from various sectors across the country. On this occasion, remarks will be delivered by Mrs. Diane Fowler Leblanc, spouse of the late Right Honourable Roméo Leblanc, former governor general and creator of the award.

Created in 1995 by then governor general Roméo Leblanc, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. Often working behind the scenes, these unsung heroes volunteer their time and efforts to help their fellow citizens. The award also brings to light the example set by volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are a part of our Canadian character. A list of award recipients and their citations will be published in a separate advisory.
Rideau Hall, Ballroom
Media contact: Marie-Pierre Bélanger, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-998-9166 or

Wednesday, April 18
Hamilton, Ontario

9:50 a.m.
Discussion with Hamilton Citizens and Leaders
His Excellency will meet with citizens and local leaders of Hamilton to discuss the partnerships and long-term work that could improve the overall quality of life in their neighbourhood. The event is organized in collaboration with the Hamilton Community Foundation.

The Hamilton Community Foundation was founded in 1954 as Ontario’s first community foundation. It facilitates philanthropy and helps donors to give back in a way that has meaning to them; it supports all aspects of community life by giving grants to the widest possible range of charitable organizations and initiatives; and it fosters community leadership by bringing together people, knowledge and resources to stimulate new ideas, address issues and strengthen Hamilton. For more information, visit
McQuesten Community Centre, Hamilton East Kiwanis Community Centre, 785 Britannia Avenue
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – Upon the arrival of the Governor General and at the beginning of the discussion
Media contact: Grace Diffey, 905-518-4641 or

1 p.m.
Carolyn A. Milne Leadership Forum
The Governor General will deliver the keynote address at the Carolyn A. Milne Leadership Forum. He will talk about the importance of philanthropy in building a smarter and more caring nation.

The Carolyn A. Milne Leadership Forum is a lecture series created as a tribute to the leadership legacy of Hamilton Community Foundation’s past CEO, Carolyn Milne, on her retirement in 2009.  The forum supports an annual education event focused on an aspect of philanthropic or community leadership.  Consistent with the values and mission of the Hamilton Community Foundation, the lectures address significant and leading-edge topics, and provide a forum for thoughtful and inclusive discussion.
Liuna Station, Grand Central Ballroom, 360 James Street North
Media contact: Grace Diffey, 905-518-4641 or

Wednesday, April 18
Toronto, Ontario

4 p.m.
Presentation of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The Governor General will present The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Gold level to youth from across Canada. His Excellency will also deliver remarks to underline the participants’ various achievements within their respective communities. For more information, please visit
Toronto Police College, 70 Birmingham Street
Media contact: Jill Hermant, 416-203-2282 or


Media information:

Julie Rocheleau
Rideau Hall Press Office

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