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Opening of the From Far and Wide – Honouring Great Canadians Exhibit

May 14, 2012

Opening of the From Far and Wide – Honouring Great Canadians Exhibit in Downtown Ottawa


OTTAWAHis Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will officially open the exhibit From Far and Wide – Honouring Great Canadians, at 90 Wellington Street, on Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. This public exhibit celebrates Canada’s national honours and the extraordinary contributions of Canadians from across the country and from all walks of life. It also includes the work of the Canadian Heraldic Authority in creating coats of arms and other national emblems.

Since 1967, the Canadian Honours System has recognized thousands of exceptional Canadians, on behalf of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, with the Order of Canada, Decorations for Bravery, Military Valour Decorations and other national honours.

“The act of granting honours is a gracious, tangible and lasting way to pay tribute to our citizens,” said His Excellency. “Some of the stories you will discover in this exhibit are about individuals who are innovative, brave, giving, dedicated and inspirational. We must take pride in these great Canadians and in what they have accomplished. Collectively, they give us a glimpse into the very heart and soul of our smart and caring nation.”

About the From Far and Wide exhibit
Featuring interpretative panels and multimedia elements, the exhibit, located in downtown Ottawa across from Parliament Hill (90 Wellington Street), provides an opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn more about Canada’s national honours and some of their recipients. Highlights include the first Order of Canada register, actual and historical medals awarded to Canadians, and the Royal Banner of King George VI, flown at Rideau Hall during the Royal visit of 1939.

From Far and Wide – Honouring Great Canadians is part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General’s public programming. For more information about this exhibit and other visitor services, please visit www.gg.ca/visitus. A fact sheet is also attached to this advisory.

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Media wishing to cover the opening of the exhibit and the Governor General’s official remarks are asked to inform the Rideau Hall Press Office in advance and must arrive at
90 Wellington Street no later than 9:45 a.m.

Media information:
Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-9166
marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca  

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“From Far and Wide – Honouring Great Canadians”
A Unique Exhibit About Canada’s National Honours,
Their Recipients and Their Stories


Exhibit in Downtown Ottawa

The exhibit From Far and Wide – Honouring Great Canadians, located in downtown Ottawa across from Parliament Hill, celebrates Canada’s national honours and the extraordinary contributions of Canadians from across the country and from all walks of life. It also includes the work of the Canadian Heraldic Authority in creating coats of arms and other national emblems.

Since 1967, the Canadian Honours System has recognized thousands of exceptional Canadians, on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, with the Order of Canada, Decorations for Bravery, Military Valour Decorations and other national honours.

What:              From Far and Wide – Honouring Great Canadians
Where:              90 Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario
When:             Open daily from May 17 until November 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Special Features

Featuring interpretative panels and multimedia elements, the exhibit provides an opportunity for visitors of all ages to learn more about Canada’s national honours and some of their recipients. Guides will also be on site to interpret the exhibit’s content. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to:

  • Use the interactive touch screen to witness an honours ceremony, watch a video on the making of Canada’s Victoria Cross or listen to interviews with honours recipients;
  • Discover the first Order of Canada register, first used in 1967 when the Order was created, with the signatures of hundreds of eminent Canadians;
  • Catch a glimpse of actual and historical medals awarded to Canadians, including William Lyon Mackenzie King’s Order of Merit, presented by King George VI in 1947;
  • View examples of royal heraldry reaching back centuries, along with a selection of heraldic emblems, including royal and First Nations symbols, created in recent decades;
  • See the Royal Banner of King George VI, flown at Rideau Hall during the Royal visit of 1939; and
  • Participate in a heraldry quiz or a children’s treasure hunt.

From Far and Wide – Honouring Great Canadians is part of the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General’s public programming. For more information about this exhibit and other visitor services, please visit www.gg.ca/visitus.