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Visit to the Okanagan Region

September 27, 2013

Governor General to Visit the Okanagan Region 

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will visit the cities of Kelowna and Penticton, and the town of Oliver, on September 29 and 30, 2013.

The program for this visit will focus on learning more about innovation in the Canadian business community; highlighting the generosity of individuals and organizations who are giving back to their communities through leadership and volunteerism; and launching a new Smart and Caring initiative in British Columbia—all issues at the heart of the Governor General’s mandate.

Here is a detailed schedule of His Excellency’s itinerary (Pacific Daylight Time):

Kelowna
Sunday, September 29

7:50 a.m.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce 2013 Annual General Meeting
His Excellency will deliver a keynote address at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Annual General Meeting. Under the theme of ‘A Canada that Works and Plays’, this conference will focus on the Canadian business community’s need for skilled workers and more effective tourism strategies. 

The Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce offers its members the opportunity to discuss issues of importance to the Canadian business community. For more information, please visit http://www.chamber.ca/events/agm-2013/.
Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre, 1310 Water Street
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Emilie Potvin, 613-797-1860, epotvin@chamber.ca 

9:30 a.m.
Courtesy Call with His Worship Walter Gray, Mayor of the City of Kelowna
Delta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre, 1310 Water Street
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – At the beginning of the courtesy call
MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Wilson, 250-469-8663, twilson@kelowna.ca 

11:00 a.m.
Sunday Service at the Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels
His Excellency will attend Sunday Service at the Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels, where he will give the Second Reading (Revelation 12:7-12). 

Celebrating its centenary this year, the Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels is the mother church of the Diocese of Kootenay.
The Cathedral Church of St. Michael and All Angels, 608 Sutherland Avenue
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY 

Oliver

4:15 p.m.
Launch of the South Okanagan/Similkameen
Smart and Caring Communities Initiative
As patron of Community Foundations of Canada, His Excellency will deliver a keynote address at this event. The focus of this initiative will be to establish community funds and local committees throughout the region.

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.
Culmina Family Estate Winery, 4790 Wild Rose Street  
OPEN TO MEDIA – REMARKS ONLY
MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Trudeau, 250-462-6997, coordinator@cfso.net

Penticton
Monday, September 30

10:30 a.m.
Courtesy Call with His Worship Garry Litke, Mayor of Penticton
Penticton City Hall, 171 Main Street 
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – Upon the Governor General’s arrival
MEDIA CONTACT: Simone Blais, 250-490-2583, simone.blais@penticton.ca

11:30 a.m.
Discussion and Luncheon for the Launch of the Teen Esteem Project
His Excellency will deliver remarks and participate in a discussion at the launch of the Teen Esteem Project, a new joint initiative between the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan/Similkameen and the United Way of Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen.

The project will focus on tackling issues around the needs of teens in the community, and will help the community to learn more about how it can help foster healthy self-esteem in teens. To date, the two charities have engaged a researcher who spent months consulting local youth to develop a strategy for better engaging with youth and for meeting their needs. The launch of the Teen Esteem Project will be the public unveiling of the research findings and strategy.
Penticton Lakeside Resort, 21 Lakeshore Drive West
OPEN TO MEDIA – DISCUSSION AND REMARKS ONLY
MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Trudeau, 250-462-6997, coordinator@cfso.net 

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Media information:

Melanie Villeneuve
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-7280
melanie.villeneuve@gg.ca

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