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Visit to Toronto

September 11, 2015 - Updated on September 14, 2015

Governor General to Participate in Events in Toronto

OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be in Toronto on Tuesday, September 15, 2015, for an afternoon filledwith giving moments. During lunch time, he will commend volunteers at the launch of CIBC’s Think Pink Week in downtown Toronto. Later in the afternoon, he will visit a new facility on the Midland North campus of Monsignor Fraser College, in Scarborough, a project that was made possible with the help of a philanthropic donation.

12 Noon
Launch of CIBC’s Think Pink Week

His Excellency will deliver remarks to launch CIBC’s annual Think Pink Week, which aims to encourage registration and fundraising for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, taking place October 4, 2015. During the event, the Governor General will present the Caring Canadian Award to Ms. Christina Kramer, CIBC’s lead volunteer and executive sponsor for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. You will find Ms. Kramer citation below.

In Toronto, as in other cities across Canada, Think Pink Week engages employees, clients and community members, provides a forum to share information regarding breast cancer, and celebrates the community that comes together to support those living with the disease. Since 1992, the annual Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure has been the largest single-day, volunteer-led national event in support of creating a future without breast cancer. On October 4, 2015, this national movement will again connect participants and volunteers in 66 communities across the country. For more information, visit
CIBC Commerce Court, 199 Bay Street
Media Contact: Caroline Van Hasselt, Director, External Communications and Media Relations, CIBC, 416-784-6699, or

2:15 p.m.
Visit to Monsignor Fraser College
The Governor General will tour a new facility on the Midland North campus of Monsignor Fraser College. This $2.2 million project was made possible by the support of the Toronto Catholic District School Board and United Way Toronto & York Region. His Excellency will deliver brief remarks to students and engage in a question-and-answer period with them. 

Monsignor Fraser College is an alternative school with numerous locations across Toronto. It offers programs to 16-to 18-year-olds through the Alternative Program, to 18- to 20-year-olds through the Adult day School Program, and to those over the age of 21 through the Continuing Education Program. The college enables students to earn their high school diplomas, to learn in an alternative setting, to explore career options and to begin the transition to post-secondary study or the world of work. For more information, visit
2900 Midland Avenue
Media contact: Emmy Szekeres Milne, Manager of Communications, Toronto Catholic District School Board, 416-222-8282 ext. 2356, 416-458-9842 (cell),
Laura Quinn, Senior Communications Manager, United Way Toronto & York Region, 416-557-8505,,


 Christina Kramer
Toronto, Ontario

For six years, Christina Kramer has been CIBC’s lead volunteer with and executive sponsor of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure. She has helped with fundraising and bringing attention to the fight to end breast cancer. Through her tireless work with the CIBC Women’s Network and the CIBC United Way Campaign, as well as through her establishment of Ontario’s Leaders for the Cure, she has proven herself to be a leader who inspires others to get involved in their community. 

About the 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 or to nominate a deserving individual, visit


Media information

Julie Rocheleau
Rideau Hall Press Office

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