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Visit to Calgary

September 12, 2013

Their Excellencies to Visit Calgary 

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will visit the City of Calgary, as well as the towns of High River and Gleichen, on September 16 and 17, 2013.

This visit will serve to celebrate excellence through the official launch of the new It’s an Honour! travelling exhibit, highlight the creation of The Calgary Foundation’s Smart and Caring Initiative, and recognize the contributions of individuals and organizations who have generously given back to their communities in the wake of the devastating floods that took place in June 2013.

Below is Their Excellencies’ detailed itinerary (Mountain Daylight Time):

Calgary
Monday, September 16

10 a.m.
Official Launch of It’s an Honour! Travelling Exhibit 
His Excellency will officially launch the new travelling exhibit about the Canadian Honours System.

 The mobile exhibit showcases stories of great Canadians who have been recognized for their extraordinary achievements with such national honours as the Order of Canada, Decorations for Bravery, and Military Valour Decorations. Featuring interpretative panels, multimedia elements and artifacts, this unique space provides an opportunity for visitors to learn more about these honours through an interactive learning experience.
Henry Wise Wood Senior High School, 910-75 Avenue South West
OPEN TO MEDIA (a separate media advisory will be issued for this event)
MEDIA CONTACT: Melanie Villeneuve, 613-668-6761, melanie.villeneuve@gg.ca 

Gleichen 

2:30 p.m.
Visit to the Siksika First Nation and Presentation of the Governor General’s Commendation for Outstanding Service 
Their Excellencies will visit the Siksika First Nation where they will meet with Chief Fred Rabbit Carrier and his councillors. Their Excellencies will tour the First Nation’s Health Centre and visit a temporary camp established to help people affected by the recent floods. During this visit, His Excellency will present the Governor General’s Commendation for Outstanding Service to the members of the Siksika Nation and to volunteers from neighbouring communities who were involved in the emergency relief efforts following the floods.

With a total population of about 7 000, the Siksika Nation is part of the Blackfoot Confederacy. It is governed by Chief Fred Rabbit Carrier and 12 councillors.
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Wes Water Chief, 403-901-5654, wesleywc@siksikanation.com 

Calgary 

6:15 p.m.
Launch of The Calgary Foundation’s Smart and Caring Communities Initiative
As patron of Community Foundations of Canada, His Excellency will deliver a keynote address and introduce the Smart & Caring Communities initiative at The Calgary Foundation’s Vital City event, an annual celebration of the philanthropic community. To promote this new initiative, The Calgary Foundation will highlight its support of urban Aboriginal youth education.

The Foundation’s Smart & Caring Communities is a landmark effort that responds to the Governor General’s call to ‘build a smart and caring nation.’ It aims to ensure that every community has access to a community foundation by 2017, as well as access to dedicated resources through funds established specifically to respond to local priorities.
BMO Centre, Palomino Room, Stampede Park, 20 Roundup Way, Calgary
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Taylor Barrie, 403-542-8445 tbarrie@thecalgaryfoundation.org

8:15 p.m.
Visit to Boys and Girls Clubs of Calgary’s Avenue 15 Homeless Youth Shelter
Her Excellency Sharon Johnston will visit the Avenue 15 Homeless Youth Shelter and meet with patrons, staff and volunteers to discuss its innovative programs and the youth it supports.  This will be Her Excellency’s second visit to Avenue 15 (her first was in February 2012).

As part of the Boys and Girls Club of Calgary, Avenue 15 provides temporary shelter and basic needs to homeless and runaway youth between the ages of 12-17. It also offers a comprehensive support system to help these young people reunite with their families. Avenue 15 has been providing emergency shelter services for 20 years and has served over 8 000 youth in that time. For more information, visit www.boysandgirlsclubsofcalgary.ca.
CLOSED TO MEDIA

High River
Tuesday, September 17
 

9:30 a.m.
Visit to the Town of High River and Presentation of the Governor General’s Commendation for Outstanding Service

His Excellency will visit the Town of High River, which was severely affected by the floods and still remains under a state of local emergency. His Excellency will start his tour at the fire hall, where he will meet with first responders. Accompanied by
His Worship Emile Blokland, Mayor of High River, the Governor General will walk through the town and tour the water plant to speak with the operations crew about their contributions to the response effort. His Excellency will conclude his visit at Rotary Park, where he will meet with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) involved in the town’s ongoing clean-up and rehabilitation. During his visit, His Excellency will also present the Governor General’s Commendation for Outstanding Service to the citizens of High River and to volunteers from neighbouring communities who were involved in the emergency relief efforts following the floods.
Main Fire Hall, 1010 5 Street South East, High River
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Vickie Mcgrath, 403-336-5458, vmcgrath@highriver.ca

Calgary

12 p.m.
Celebrating Community Heroes Event and Presentation of the Governor General’s Commendation for Outstanding Service
Their Excellencies will attend the Celebrating Community Heroes event hosted by His Worship Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary. During the event, His Excellency will deliver remarks and present the Governor General’s Commendation for Outstanding Service to the citizens of Calgary in recognition of their contributions to the emergency and reconstruction efforts following the recent floods. Mayor Nenshi will accept the award on behalf of all Calgarians. Alberta country music star Corb Lund will also perform as part of the event.
Jack Singer Concert Hall, EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts, 205 8 Ave South East
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Daorcey Le Bray, 403-333-2272, Daorcey.LeBray@calgary.ca 

1:30 p.m.
Visit to the Calgary Counselling Centre
 
Her Excellency Sharon Johnston will visit the Centre and meet with the staff as well as with clients who take advantage of the affordable counselling services. Founded in 1962, the Centre helps individuals, couples, parents, families and youth resolve emotional and social problems by way of counselling and group programs. Through ongoing research and education, the Centre strives to meet the changing needs of the community. For more information, visit: www.calgarycounselling.com.
CLOSED TO MEDIA

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Media information:

Melanie Villeneuve
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-668-6761 (cell)
melanie.villeneuve@gg.ca


 
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COMMENDATION CITATIONS 

Siksika Nation, Alberta

The Governor General’s Commendation for Outstanding Service is awarded to those who during the floods of June 2013, through their generosity, perseverance and exemplary professionalism, have triumphed over adversity and shown their caring spirit to their fellow Canadians and the world, in their efforts at Siksika Nation, Alberta.

With open-handedness, courage and pride, members of the Siksika Nation and volunteers from neighbouring communities joined together to respond to the disaster. The entire community, from children to elders, is to be commended for its tremendous spirit and the remarkable example it has set.

The Citizens of Calgary, Alberta

The Governor General’s Commendation for Outstanding Service is awarded to the Citizens of Calgary, Alberta, who during the floods of June 2013, through their generosity, perseverance and exemplary professionalism, have triumphed over adversity and shown their caring spirit to their fellow Canadians and the world.

Undeterred by the magnitude of the disaster, the citizens of Calgary demonstrated initiative, selflessness and an extraordinary commitment to the well-being of others, for which they can be very proud. The entire community, from children to elders, is to be commended for its tremendous spirit and the remarkable example it has set.

High River, Alberta

The Governor General’s Commendation for Outstanding Service is awarded tothose who during the floods of June 2013, through their generosity, perseverance and exemplary professionalism, have triumphed over adversity and shown their caring spirit to their fellow Canadians and the world, in their efforts at High River, Alberta. 

In the face of a sudden and devastating disaster, citizens of High River and volunteers from neighbouring communities responded with resolve, resourcefulness and open-heartedness. The entire community, from children to elders, is to be commended for its tremendous spirit and the remarkable example it has set.


ABOUT THE GOVERNOR GENERAL’S COMMENDATION
FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE
 

The Governor General’s Commendation for Outstanding Service honours the exceptional contribution of individuals or groups to their community. This type of commendation is presented very rarely. Past recipients include firefighters for their tremendous efforts battling the fires in British Columbia’s Southern Interior in the summer of 2003, members of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress for the role they played in organizing a 500-person election observation mission to monitor the rerun of the second round of voting in the Ukrainian presidential election on December 26, 2004, and the citizens of Hartley Bay, for their efforts to save and assist the passengers and crew members of The Queen of the North following its sinking off the coast of British Columbia on March 22, 2006.