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Governor General to Visit Saskatchewan

*Modified on October 10, 2012

October 5, 2012 

Governor General to Visit Saskatchewan on the Occasion of the
100th Anniversary Celebration of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building 

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will visit Saskatchewan from October 9 to 11, 2012.  During their visit to the province, they will attend official functions and events in Prince Albert, Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation, and Regina. 

“Saskatchewan is quickly becoming known as a province of opportunity and a leader in so many sectors,” said His Excellency. “Sharon and I are pleased to attend the ceremony marking the centennial of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building. We are looking forward to meeting with people who are creating even more opportunity in the future, and speaking with them about their potential as community leaders.” 

Below is Their Excellencies’ detailed itinerary (Central Standard Time): 

Tuesday, October 9
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

12:15 p.m.
Arrival in Prince Albert
Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies will be welcomed by Their Honours The Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, and Mr. Gordon Schofield; His Worship Jim Scarrow, Mayor of Prince Albert, and Mrs. Helen Scarrow; Grand Chief Ron Michel and Mrs. Nancy Michel; and other dignitaries.
RCMP Hangar, Prince Albert Airport

12:35 p.m.
Welcome by the Prince Albert Community
Their Excellencies, joined by the Mayor and his wife, will meet with members of the Prince Albert community during a walkabout.
142 12th Street West, E. A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts, Prince Albert

1:30 p.m.
Discussion with Students from Prince Albert
His Excellency will host a discussion with over 400 students in grades 7 and 8 from six area schools on the role and responsibilities of the governor general of Canada. During the discussion, students will ask His Excellency questions about his constitutional role; his responsibilities in representing Canada at home and abroad, and as commander-in-chief; about recognizing excellence and achievement, and about how he brings Canadians together, from coast to coast to coast.

In preparation for this discussion, students will use Eduzone, a new online tool designed for teachers, educators and students across Canada. Eduzone provides educational and multimedia resources about the governor general’s role and the history of the position. This tool was launched by His Excellency on October 1, 2012, on the occasion of the second anniversary of his installation. For more information about Eduzone, visit
142 12th Street West, E. A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts, Prince Albert

3 p.m.
Courtesy Call with His Worship Jim Scarrow, Mayor of Prince Albert
City Hall Foyer,1084 Central Avenue, Prince Albert
PHOTO OP—Upon Their Excellencies’ arrival and during the signing of the guest book with members of council 

3:45 p.m.
Visit to Ranch Ehrlo Society Stables

Her Excellency Sharon Johnston will meet with staff from the Ranch Ehrlo Society and participate in an equine assisted training exercise with at-risk youth.

Over its 45-year history, the Ranch Ehrlo Society has developed unique and innovative programs to assist children, youth, families and communities. Their mission is to provide a continuum of quality preventative, restorative and advocacy services, promoting the well-being of individuals, families and communities through the elimination of abuse, neglect, addictions and violence, in Saskatchewan and beyond. For more information, visit

4 p.m.
Discussion with Partners from Community Mobilization Prince Albert
Joined by the Mayor of Prince Albert, His Excellency will meet with partners from various agencies involved in the program to hear their success stories and learn about the daily challenges they face. 

By bringing together schools, community organizations, health care and social service agencies, First Nation workers and the Prince Albert Police Service, Community Mobilization Prince Albert increases community safety by helping at-risk individuals. For more information, visit
2nd Floor Boardroom, 29–11th Street East, Prince Albert
OPEN TO MEDIA—At the beginning of the discussion 

5:15 p.m.
Meeting with the Prince Albert Grand Council
His Excellency will be greeted by Grand Chief Ron Michel for a meeting with 12 chiefs and eight senators from the Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC). The discussion will allow for members of the PAGC to share with His Excellency the challenges they face within the community. 

The PAGC focuses on the protection and implementation of the Treaties signed by First Nations and the Crown in right of Great Britain in 1876. The council is also committed to supporting its member First Nations achieve and implement independent, progressive self-governments and to improving the quality of life of their constituents through appropriate and productive social and economic strategies.
2300–9th Avenue West, Prince Albert
OPEN TO MEDIA—At the beginning of the discussion 

6:30 p.m.
Community Event and Presentation of the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award
In honour of Their Excellencies’ visit, the Mayor of Prince Albert will host an event during which His Excellency will address community members and present the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award to three recipients. The names of the recipients and their citations are attached.

Created in 1995, 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 individuals 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. For more information about this award, visit
2nd Floor, 2787 10th Avenue West, Alfred Jenkins Field House, Prince Albert

Wednesday, October 10
Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation,

*Due to inclement weather, the visit to Hatchet Lake Densuline First Nations was cancelled.

10:45 a.m.
Meeting with Hatchet Lake Band Council and Elders
Their Excellencies will engage in a discussion with the Hatchet Lake Band Council and Elders.
Library, Father Megret High School, Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation

11:15 a.m.
Community Feast
Their Excellencies will attend a community feast hosted by Chief Bartholomew J. Tsannie, of the Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation.
Gymnasium, Father Megret High School, Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation

12:50 p.m.
Discussion with Students on Education and Training for Employment
Their Excellencies will have the opportunity to speak with students in grades 11 and 12 on the importance and challenges of education and training.
Library, Father Megret High School, Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation

1:30 p.m.
Visit to Father Megret Elementary School
Their Excellencies will interact with students and conclude their visit with a performance by the school.
Father Megret Elementary School, Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation

Wednesday, October 10

*Due to inclement weather, the visit to Rabbit Lake was cancelled.

3:10 p.m.
Visit to Rabbit Lake Uranium Mill
Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies will be introduced to staff before conducting a one-hour tour of the facility. Following the visit, Their Excellencies will have a discussion with employees.

Owned and operated by Cameco Corporation, Rabbit Lake operation, which opened in 1975, is the longest-operating uranium production facility in North America. For more information, visit
Rabbit Lake Uranium Operation, Wollaston

Thursday, October 11
Regina, Saskatchewan

11 a.m.
Courtesy Call with His Worship Pat Fiacco, Mayor of Regina
2476 Victoria Avenue East, Regina
PHOTO OP—Upon Their Excellencies’ arrival 

11:45 a.m.
Governor General’s Address to the Canadian Club of Regina
His Excellency will deliver a speech to members of the Canadian Club of Regina.
Ballroom, Travelodge Hotel, 4177 Albert Street, Regina
OPEN TO MEDIA—Speech only 

Visit to
Ranch Ehrlo’s Pilot Butte Campus
Upon her arrival, Her Excellency Sharon Johnston will be welcomed by Ms. Marion MacIver, President and CEO of the Ranch Ehrlo Society, and will attend a lunch with youth at the Society’s group home. She will then proceed to Schaller College, where she will attend a performance by the Pow Wow Club, and tour the facility. Owned and operated by the Ranch Ehrlo Society, the College is designed to meet the specific needs of each individual student. The programs allow students the flexibility to utilize the required time to complete their studies.

1:30 p.m.
Visit to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind
On World Sight Day, His Excellency will visit the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). As patron of the CNIB, he will meet with staff and guests and participate in the Ignite Your Senses event where he will sample various dessert flavours with a blindfold or simulator glasses that represent four of the most common eye diseases.

The CNIB is a registered charity that provides community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. For more information, visit
Auditorium, 2550 Broad Street, Regina

2:45 p.m.
Welcome by Their Honours The Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, and Mr. Gordon Schofield
4607 Dewdney Avenue, Government House, Regina
PHOTO OP—Upon Their Excellencies’ arrival

3 p.m.
Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award Ceremony
On the occasion of Their Excellencies’ visit to the province, Their Honours will host a special event to recognize the remarkable volunteer work led by community members. His Excellency will deliver a speech and present the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award to 17 recipients. The names of the recipients and their citations are attached.

For more information about this award, visit
4607 Dewdney Avenue, Government House, Regina

6:20 p.m.
Meeting with Winners of Saskatchewan Dream Video Contest
Their Excellencies, joined by the Honourable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan, and 

Mrs. Tami Wall, will meet with the seven winners of the Saskatchewan Dream Video Contest. In celebration of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building’s centennial, students from grades 9 to 12 in the province were given the opportunity to get real, hands-on experience planning, shooting and editing their films.
Room 222, Legislative Building, Regina

6:30 p.m.
100th Anniversary Celebration of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building
Joined by Their Honours; the Premier of Saskatchewan and Mrs. Tami Wall; the Honourable
Dan D’Autremont, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly; Mr. John Nilson, Leader of the Opposition; and other guests, Their Excellencies will attend a ceremony marking the centennial of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building. During the ceremony, His Excellency will deliver a speech, present the Diamond Jubilee Medal to seven recipients, and place items in the building’s time capsule. The ceremony will conclude with the cutting of an anniversary cake.
2405 Legislative Drive, Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, Regina
OPEN TO MEDIA—A live feed of the ceremony will be available via the Legislative Assembly.



October 9, 2012 Ceremony
(Alfred Jenkins Field House, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan)  

Barbara Hogeweide
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan 

Barbara Hogeweide has shown a long commitment to community service. Among others, she has given her time to support the Calvary United Church, Broadway North Theatre Company and the YWCA. She also plays a significant role in the Prince Albert Arts Board, notably lending her financial management expertise to the organization’s activities. 

Fern Lloyd
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan 

For three decades, Fern Lloyd has shared her time, energy and compassion through the Canadian Cancer Society’s CanSurmount program. A cancer survivor herself, she has long provided support, comfort and encouragement to others diagnosed with the disease. She and her husband have hosted an annual picnic at their home for many years, which was considered a highlight of the community’s social calendar, filled with good food, friends and hope. 

Taylia York
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan 

From a very young age, Tania York has understood the meaning of the word “give”. She spends most of her free time teaching a mentally challenged woman in her mid-40s how to read and write. Miss York also volunteers at a senior’s home and at the SPCA of her region. She is a wonderful example of how we can change the world for the better, one person at a time.  

October 11, 2012 Ceremony
(Government House, Regina, Saskatchewan) 

Graham George Barker
Regina, Saskatchewan 

Graham George Barker embodies the prairie spirit of reaching out to help one’s neighbour. Generous with his time and his support, he is involved in many aspects of Regina’s community life. Notably, he is a founder of the Phoenix Group Charity Classic, a golf tournament that raises funds to help children with cancer attend summer camp; he is also a strong proponent of sports and healthy living. 

Faye Carlson and Agnes A. Labuik
Mossbank, Saskatchewan 

Over the years, Faye Carlson and Agnes Labuik have made tremendous contributions to the Royal Canadian Legion and the United Church of Mossbank. They have held administrative leadership roles in, and maintained a healthy financial situation in both organizations. Most recently the two sisters have lent their support to the Riverside Mission, providing hot meals to the needy. These modest women have provided great support to their community. 

Mrs. Labuik’s award will be presented at a later date. 

Murray Clarke
Regina, Saskatchewan 

Murray Clarke generously contributes his time and skills in support of Regina’s Royal United Services Institute, the mandate of which is to foster understanding of Canadian defence policy. He works tirelessly to maintain the building, ensuring the Institute has a clean, comfortable and well-repaired facility in which to conduct its activities.    

Ann Grahame
Regina, Saskatchewan 

Dr. Ann Grahame is engaged in her community as a leader with the Rotary Club of Regina. In that capacity, she promotes literacy and assists with youth exchanges and the Shelter Box disaster relief project. She is also a long-time member of the Government House Historical Society.  

Harold Hague
Regina, Saskatchewan 

A Second World War pilot, Harold Hague has been a dedicated member of the Regina branch of the Royal Canadian Legion since 1970. He is the former provincial president of Saskatchewan Command and sits on the Veterans Affairs Canada Liaison Committee. He continues to volunteer his time for the betterment of Canada’s veterans.  

Richard Harvey
Regina, Saskatchewan 

Richard Harvey first became involved with the Regina Little Theatre in 1962. Since that time, he has been an actor, set designer and director, and has served on the theatre’s board of directors in many positions, including that of president. He has taught his craft to legions of eager young theatre volunteers and has delighted audiences in innumerable productions. 

James (Jim) H. Hunter
Regina, Saskatchewan 

For over 50 years, Jim Hunter has devoted his time to helping youths reach their full potential through sport. He has coached and officiated in such sports as hockey, baseball, football and track and field, among others. Mr. Hunter has also been very involved in providing opportunities for girls to play competitive hockey. His sportsmanship and love of the game have proven contagious, encouraging young athletes to become the volunteers of tomorrow. 

Muriel Kochanski
Regina, Saskatchewan 

Since 1959, Muriel Kochanski has been a volunteer member of Girl Guides of Canada. Herself an avid camper, she offered the camping experience to many young girls. Throughout the years, she has held positions ranging from division commissioner to international adviser. Mrs. Kochanski is also very involved in the Royal Canadian Legion and the Cadets of Regina. 

Brian Lach
Regina, Saskatchewan 

Brian Lach volunteers on the board of directors of the Autism Resource Center (ARC). In this position, he helped ARC provide new services to adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, including vocational training and independent living skills. Despite a busy work and family life, Mr. Lach continues to give his time to support those with autism in his community. 

Annamae McCashin
Regina, Saskatchewan 

Annamae McCashin has served tirelessly with the Regina and District Association for Community Living, which advocates for people with intellectual disabilities to be valued as members of their community. Past president of the organization, she has been the driving force behind many initiatives that support the intellectually disabled and their families. 

Joan Miller
Regina, Saskatchewan 

Since 1980, Joan Miller has put her talent to use in the service of her community. She has been involved in several community-based performing arts organizations, notably as a founding member of Regina Summer Stage, as a long-time cast member and volunteer with Regina Little Theatre, and as a board member of Theatre Regina. 

Richard (Rick) Pockett
Regina, Saskatchewan 

For over 32 years, Rick Pockett has been a volunteer member of the Royal Canadian Legion, where he has helped numerous veterans and their families. He is currently involved in the Legion’s long-term care program, for which he drives several hours around the province to visit veterans in home care facilities, ensuring that they are satisfied with their quality of life. Mr. Pockett is also a district governor with the Lions Clubs of Canada, which raises thousands of dollars each year for charitable causes. 

Frank Scott
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 

Dr. Frank Scott has had a long involvement with the Lung Association of Saskatchewan. He was engaged in the struggle against tuberculosis in Aboriginal communities, has been a strong proponent of smoking cessation, and is beloved for his engagement with the Asthma Camp, which he would visit in his own airplane, at his own expense, to support the on-site medical team. Currently, Dr. Scott chairs the association’s Research Review Committee and represents Saskatchewan on the National Committee. 

Diane Stephenson
Regina, Saskatchewan 

For many years, Diane Stephenson has supported the Regina Lyric Musical Theatre, both as a member of its board of directors and as ticket manager. In this role, she has shown dedication and attention to detail, running the box office at the door for each production, clocking miles to collect revenues from ticket outlets, and cementing warm relationships with sponsors. She also volunteers with the Regina Humane Society and has raised funds to support the Regina Symphony Women.   

Mae Wesley
Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan 

Mae Wesley has been an integral part of the Saskatchewan division of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Program. She has served on the program’s provincial council from the day of its inception and has volunteered hundreds of hours of her time.  She is also involved with the Lions Band, the Girl Guides of Canada, the Edgely Youth Group, the United Church Sunday School and the United Church Board in her community. 

Lori Wilson
Morse, Saskatchewan 

Lori Wilson has volunteered on numerous conservation projects locally, provincially and internationally. She has been instrumental in the development of a wildlife viewing tower and interpretive signage on Saskatchewan’s Reed Lake and developed a shorebird education program for schoolchildren used by the Morse Museum. She also works with Linking Communities, which delivers conservation messages to children in Mexico and Utah. Always engaged in her community, she is also a past president of the Morse Lionesses and was recently involved with the town’s 100th anniversary. 

Melinda Wozniak
Regina, Saskatchewan 

Melinda Wozniak has put her talent to work in her community. A member of Queen City Caring Clowns, she is committed to the troop’s mandate of making a joyful difference in the community by bringing smiles to people of all ages.  Known by her clown name “Hug”, she can often be found cheering residents at the Cancer Patient Lodge, Parkside Extendicare, Sunset Extendicare and the William Booth Care Home. 

Media information:

In Ottawa:                              

Marie-Ève Létourneau                                    
Rideau Hall Press Office                                
613-302-0912 (cell)                                           

In Saskatchewan:

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

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