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Visit to Vancouver and Victoria

May 31, 2013

Governor General to Visit Vancouver and Victoria

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, on June 3 and 4, 2013. The program for this visit will focus on Smart and Caring initiatives, Asia-Pacific relations, and community-campus relations in Aboriginal communities—all issues at the heart of the Governor General’s pillars.

In addition, His Excellency will present the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award to a team of young baseball players who contribute to the well-being of their Little League peers.

Here is a detailed schedule of the Governor General’s itinerary (Pacific Daylight Time):

Monday, June 3

1:30 p.m.
Caring Canadian Award Presentation
His Excellency will present the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award to the Langley Little League team for their community service during the 2012 Pearl of Africa Series. The team raised funds with Right to Play Canada to help the Uganda Baseball and Softball Association provide hope and inspiration to that country’s children. The recipients’ names and the team’s full citation can be found below.
Township of Langley Civic Facility, 20338 65 Avenue, Langley
MEDIA CONTACT: Ruth Hoffman, 778-918-3081, 

Tuesday, June 4

9:30 a.m.
Launch of the Smart and Caring Initiative by the Vancouver Foundation
As patron of the Community Foundations of Canada, His Excellency will deliver a keynote address during the announcement of the creation of the Vancouver Foundation’s Smart & Caring Community Fund. The fund will focus on connecting and engaging citizens, supporting the most vulnerable of Vancouver’s homeless population and working towards the city’s goal to become the greenest city in the world by 2020. 

Leading up to 2017, community foundations across Canada are answering the Governor General’s call to service to connect the country by establishing Smart & Caring Community Funds across Canada. The funds will give communities the flexibility they need to take advantage of local opportunities and to help make them the smart and caring places they can become.
Alice MacKay Room, Vancouver Public Library 
MEDIA CONTACT: Martin Livingston, 778-238-7364,

12 p.m.
Luncheon Address at the Canada-Asia 2013 Conference - 21st General Meeting of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council
As patron of Canada-Asia 2013 Conference, His Excellency will deliver a keynote address at a luncheon hosted by the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. His remarks will touch upon our trade relationships, innovation and the environmental sustainability of our industries, as well as the development and integration of our commercial markets. Over 400 leading industry and policy experts representing various countries of the Asia-Pacific region will be in attendance. 

The Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada is a national not-for-profit organization that brings together people and knowledge to provide the most current and comprehensive research, analysis and information on Asia and on Canada’s transpacific relations. For more information, please visit
Waterfront Ballroom, Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, 900 Canada Place
MEDIA CONTACT: Trang Nguyen, 604-323-6781, 

Tuesday, June 4

3:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion on Community-Campus Collaborations in Aboriginal Communities
Hosted by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and moderated by its president, Antonia Maioni, the discussion will focus on the challenges and opportunities of community-campus collaboration in Aboriginal communities. The panellists will include Roberta Jamieson, President and CEO of Indspire; Wanda Wuttunee, professor at the University of Manitoba; and Jody Wilson-Raybould, British Columbia Regional Chief, Assembly of First Nations. The Governor General will offer closing remarks at the end of the discussion.
Ceremonial Hall, First Peoples House, University of Victoria 
MEDIA CONTACT: Denise Helm, 250-888-0784, 

4:25 p.m.
Tour of Congress Expo: Student Internship Showcase
His Excellency will visit the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2013 Expo. This Expo is the largest interdisciplinary scholarly book fair and trade show in Canada, featuring over 50 exhibitors including academic publishers and research organizations.
McKinnon Gymnasium, University of Victoria 
MEDIA CONTACT: Denise Helm, 250-888-0784,

5 p.m.
Governor General’s Round Table on Community-Campus Collaboration
His Excellency will attend a round-table discussion hosted by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences entitled “Scaling Up Work-Integrated Learning”. This discussion will bring together community-sector leaders and university and college students, and will focus on ways to further deepen meaningful partnerships between community and campus, as well as how to foster greater human and intellectual capital for the benefit of students and not-for-profit organizations across Canada.


Ruth Hoffman - Pearl of Africa Series Coordinator
Nick Atkinson - Langley Little League player
Ian Burns - Langley Little League player
Cole Cantelon - Langley Little League player
Ken Dubois - Langley Little League player
Riley Ens - Langley Little League player
Connor McCreath - Langley Little League player
Trevor Miller - Langley Little League player
Yi-An Pan - Langley Little League player
Yi-Fan Pan - Langley Little League player
Colby Ring - Langley Little League player
Chuck Dufton - Umpire
Ed Levinson - Umpire
Rick Burns - Coach
Dean Cantelon - Coach
Christine Ens – Team coordinator

In August 2011, a Ugandan baseball team was scheduled to face the Langley team at the Little League World Series in the United States. However, the game had to be cancelled when the Ugandan players were denied visas to enter the United States. When Ruth Hoffman saw a picture of the Ugandan team huddled around a TV, watching the game they should have played, she was overwhelmed with a sense of injustice. The Langley team felt the same way. Together, they decided to travel to Uganda to hold the missed match-up. After working to mobilize support from the Langley community, Right to Play and Major League Baseball, the game took place: Uganda won by a score of 2-1. The larger story is how this baseball game has changed lives in Canada and Uganda by raising awareness of the impact of poverty, establishing a scholarship fund for the Ugandan team, and building lasting friendships between the young players on both teams.

About the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award
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 


Media information:

Melanie Villeneuve
Rideau Hall Press Office

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