Governor General David Johnston joined volunteers serving breakfast to over 100 students of Notre-Dame Elementary School in Gatineau to kick off National Volunteer Week, April 16, 2012.
What the Governor General does
The Governor General plays an important social role by encouraging and celebrating the work of volunteers across Canada:
- He highlights the importance of volunteerism in his speeches;
- He meets with charitable organizations during regional visits;
- He celebrates the achievements of Canadian volunteers through honours and awards;
- He extends patronage to philanthropic organizations, associations and initiatives;
- He has made volunteerism and philanthropy one of the three pillars of his mandate.
Each time the Governor General appears in public is particularly meaningful, lending a degree of excitement to a situation or event, be it a grand ceremony or a visit to a small community. The Governor General’s presence heightens the visibility of each event, reflects the importance he places on it and demonstrates that the entire country appreciates the value and dedication of those involved. In this way, the Governor General is helping to build a better, smarter and more caring society.
Learn more about His Excellencies’ activities relative to Philanthropy and Volunteerism.
What many Canadians do
Discover the achievements of hundreds of Canadians, whose generosity and extraordinary efforts have been recognized with the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. This award was created by Governor General Roméo LeBlanc in 1995 to honour these unsung heroes. For more information about the award or to nominate a volunteer, visit gg.ca/caring.
Do you know the heroes in your community? Go to gg.ca/recipient. Click on the box for Caring Canadian Award, enter the name of a city or province, and begin the search: you will discover unsung heroes whose actions may inspire future volunteers.
What many young people are doing
We are never too young to help someone else. Young people are becoming increasingly involved in their communities, doing their part to make Canada a smarter, more caring nation. The achievements of many of them have had such an impact that they have received the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. For example, Kalliana King, who has been organizing fundraising and awareness campaigns for muscular dystrophy since she was 8 years old, received the Caring Canadian Award in 2012.
What many schools or student groups are doing
Schools are very actively involved in their communities. Students, teachers and parents often combine their efforts to put together Christmas hampers, organize fundraising campaigns, and raise awareness among their fellow citizens of problems that affect us all.
“Raise Your Voices!” National Student Banner Contest
“Raise Your Voices!” is a Canada-wide public art contest for students in grades 5 to 8 / Grade 5 to Secondary II. The artists of the top three banners and their classmates met with His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, via videoconference on May 31, 2013. During this time with His Excellency, the students were able to discuss:
- their winning banners,
- how they can participate in building smarter and more caring communities, and
- their hopes for the future.
Learn more about the National Student Banner Contest by visiting canadascapital.gc.ca/bannercontest and see the seven winning student designs here.
Share your stories with Eddy
How is your school socially active? In class, talk about the ways in which you and your friends have helped or are continuing to help a particular cause. Was it covered in the local papers? What were the results? Do you plan to do it again? Eddy wants to know how different schools across Canada are getting involved in their communities. Send him a short paragraph and photo by email describing what your school has accomplished (firstname.lastname@example.org). Eddy will post on Eduzone a summary of some of the finest ways in which schools have made a difference in the community.