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Visit to Waterloo Region

September 20, 2013 

Governor General to Acknowledge Philanthropy and Volunteerism
in the Waterloo Region 

OTTAWA—During a one-day visit to the Waterloo region, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will recognize the outstanding philanthropic and volunteer work conducted by two local organizations: Home Hardware Stores Limited and the Rotary Club of Waterloo, and present the Governor General’s Caring Award. The visit will take place on Monday, September 23, 2013. 

At 8:55 a.m., the Governor General will speak at the Home Hardware Stores Limited Annual Fall Market, being held at the company’s head office in St. Jacobs, Ontario. In his speech, he will underscore Home Hardware’s ongoing commitment to serving local communities across the country. Following his address, he will tour the Fall Market area to meet with Home Hardware dealers to talk about the philanthropic initiatives in which they are involved. 

At 10:30 a.m., His Excellency will present the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award to two recipients who contribute to the well-being of their community during a ceremony in the St. Jacobs Room, at the Waterloo Inn. The names of the recipients and their citations are included below. Created in 1995, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award recognizes individuals who volunteer their time to help others and to build a smarter and more caring nation. The award also highlights the fine example set by these volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are so much a part of our Canadian character.For more information about the award, visit

At 2 p.m., the Governor General will proceed to the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics where he will preview exhibits being featured in the upcoming BrainSTEM Festival, which will take place at the Institute and online from September 30 to October 6, 2013 (for the general public). These new cutting-edge exhibits aimed at young Canadians visually demonstrate the importance of pursuing STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math) in developing critical thinking skills and an entrepreneurial approach to all new careers of the future. 

The tour of the exhibits will be followed by a visit to the Institute’s highly regarded Perimeter Scholars International training area, in the Stephen Hawking Centre, where His Excellency will have the opportunity to meet and interact with 30 of the world’s most-promising master’s-level thinkers as they pursue knowledge through physics and sharpen their scientific skills for future areas of endeavour.   

Later in the evening, the Governor General will attend the Rotary Club of Waterloo’s 50th Anniversary Celebration.  At 7 p.m., he will deliver an address on the Rotary Club’s impact within the community of Kitchener-Waterloo and abroad, and how its motto of “Service Above Self”provides a model for all Canadians in building a smarter, more caring nation. The event will take place inside the Viennese Ballroom at the Waterloo Inn. The Rotary Club of Waterloo is an organization of dedicated men and women who give freely of their time and talents to help those in need in the local and global community. It raises funds through various activities in the community that are donated to the many organizations they support. The Rotary Club of Waterloo was chartered in 1963, and will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. For more information, please visit



Media information:

Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office

Rob Wallace
Public Relations and Promotional Events Manager
Home Hardware Stores Limited

Lisa Lambert
External Relations
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
519-569-7600, ext. 5051
519-589-2846 (cell)    

John Wahl
Rotary Club of Waterloo


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Patricia McCraw
Guelph, Ontario 

At 84 years old, Patricia McCraw is still deeply committed to the betterment of her community. A volunteer for the past 50 years, she was a founding member of the Guelph Women of Distinction Awards, the Guelph Community Foundation, and the Guelph chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women. She is also a past president of Family and Children’s Services of Guelph and Wellington County, and of the national board of Save the Children Canada. She is also committed to advancing the status of women, serving the Zonta Club of Guelph for 31 years. She was a public member of the Ontario College of Pharmacists. 

Yvette Ward
Welland, Ontario 

Yvette Ward has dedicated much of her life to making Welland a better place to live. Credited by her peers as being “the mother of the festival industry”, she was an executive member of the Welland Rose Festival for over 40 years, past chair of the Canadian Association of Festivals, and founder of the city’s annual Heritage Folklore Festival. She established the Welland Heritage Council and Multicultural Centre in 1976, and has also served as an executive member of the Ontario Folk Arts Council. Her list of achievements is seemingly endless.