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Visit at the Citadelle of Québec

September 18, 2012

Governor General to Stay at the Citadelle of Québec and Host a Fall Celebration

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will stay at the official residence at the Citadelle of Québec, from
September 19 to 22, 2012.

“Sharon and I invite you all to take part in the Fall Celebration at the Citadelle of Québec, during which we will open the doors of the official residence and offer visitors a chance to take part in a variety of outdoor activities,” said His Excellency. “During our stay, we will also recognize the excellence of a number of Canadians, take part in a discussion on the positive impacts of physical activity, and help launch a unique local sporting initiative in the Québec region.”

Below is Their Excellencies’ detailed itinerary:

Wednesday, September 19
Québec, Quebec

1:30 p.m.
Presentation of Honours
During this ceremony, the Governor General will recognize 27 people on behalf of all Canadians. They will receive the following honours:

-     2 insignias of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces;
-     4 Military Valour Decorations;
-     14 Decorations for Bravery;
-     1 Meritorious Service Decoration (Military Division); and
-     6 Governor General’s Caring Canadian Awards.

The description of each honour, as well as a list of recipients, will be published in a separate media advisory. For more information about the Canadian Honours System, please visit our website at
The Citadelle of Québec, Quebec

Friday, September 21
Québec, Quebec

9:30 a.m.
Presentation of credentials
During the ceremony, His Excellency will receive the credentials of the heads of diplomatic missions representing the following five countries: the Kingdom of Spain, the Republic of Panama, the Kingdom of Norway, the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

Credentials are the official documents by which new heads of diplomatic missions are presented by their head of State as their official representative. There are currently more than 140 heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Canada.
The Citadelle of Québec, Quebec

2:00 p.m.
Presentation of awards and decorations of the Association des scouts du Canada
As chief scout of the Association des scouts du Canada, His Excellency will honour 38 of its members for excellence in Franco-Canadian scouting. His Excellency will deliver remarks on this occasion.

Founded in 1961, the Association des scouts du Canada counts more than 17 000 French-speaking youths and adults as members. Its mission is to promote and support the integral development of young Franco-Canadians so they can reach their full potential as individuals, as members of their community and as citizens who play an active role in society. For more information about the Association des scouts du Canada, please visit (in French only).
Manoir Montmorency, 2490 Royale Avenue, Québec, Quebec

Saturday, September 22
Charlesbourg, Quebec

9:15 a.m.                                
Launch of a training track for mountain biking
In light of Sports Day in Canada (September 29, 2012), Their Excellencies will help launch a training track dedicated not only to mountain bike enthusiasts, but to the entire Charlesbourg community. The Governor General will deliver remarks and take part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Their Excellencies will also observe a mountain bike training demonstration on the track. They will then embark on a 5.8 km bike ride to the Patro de Charlesbourg, accompanied by
Ms. Odette Simoneau, chair of the borough of Charlesbourg, and representatives from various local sports organizations. For more information on Sports Day in Canada, please visit
École secondaire des Sentiers, 1090 chemin de Château-Bigot, Charlesbourg, Quebec

10:15 a.m.
Exercises with the U-15 girls soccer team
Their Excellencies will join the U-15 girls’ soccer team for a few warm-up exercises during one of their practices.
Patro de Charlesbourg, 7700 3rd Avenue East, Charlesbourg, Quebec

10:45 a.m.
Round table on physical activity and its impact on communities
Their Excellencies will take part in a round table with Ms. Simoneau and with local youth from area high schools and sports organizations and representatives from Chantiers urbains; the Sport Olympe mountain bike club; the Québec–Chaudière–Appalaches region student sports network; Sports-Québec; and the Unité du loisir et du sport de la Capitale-Nationale. Led by Mr. Pierre Morin, Spokesperson and Program Lead for ParticipACTION in Quebec, the discussion will focus on the positive impact sport has on health, in schools, in communities and on families.
Patro de Charlesbourg, 7700 3rd Avenue East, Charlesbourg, Quebec
PHOTO OP – Upon Their Excellencies’ arrival 

Saturday, September 22
Québec, Quebec

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fall Celebration at the Citadelle
Their Excellencies will host and take part in the Fall Celebration at the official residence at the Citadelle of Québec, the theme of which will focus on the benefits of physical activity. In addition to tours of the residence (which will include culinary demonstrations), several outdoor activities will be offered to visitors, including the chance to meet with sports enthusiasts and to watch and participate in sports demonstrations. More information on this event will be released in a separate media advisory.
The Citadelle of Québec, Quebec


Media information:
Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-852-3248 (cell.)  

Joanne Charette
Official Spokesperson for the Governor General
613-852-5364 (cell.) 

Marie-Hélène Giguère
Association des scouts du Canada
514-252-3011, ext. 26

Charles Pagé
Councillor, Division de la culture, du loisir et de la vie communautaire
Ville de Québec, borough of Charlesbourg
418-641-6401, ext. 3449 

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