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Their Excellencies in Kingston

December 13, 2016 

Their Excellencies to Highlight Mental Health Efforts in Kingston

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will be in Kingston on Wednesday, December 14, 2016,to discuss mental health issues and how to break down the stigma associated with mental illness.

Her Excellency will deliver a keynote address at the Canadian Club of Kingston on the role of the spouse of the Governor General of Canada and more specifically on the issue of mental health. Later that day, Their Excellencies will visit Providence Care Mental Health Services.

Below is Their Excellencies’ detailed itinerary.

12 p.m.
Keynote Address at the Canadian Club of Kingston by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
At a luncheon hosted by the Canadian Club of Kingston, Mrs. Johnston will speak about her role as the Governor General’s spouse and about mental health, an issue that has come to define her time in office. Afterwards, Mrs. Johnston will engage in a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The Canadian Club of Kingston provides a forum where members can hear from speakers on current and important national and international issues. For more information, visit
Minos Village Restaurant, 2762 Princess Street, Kingston
OPEN TO MEDIA – During the keynote address and question-and-answer session at 1 p.m.
MEDIA CONTACT: John Foster, 

2:15 p.m.
Visit to Providence Care Mental Health Services
Their Excellencies will visit Providence Care Mental Health Services where they will meet with anti-stigma leaders and mental health researchers to learn about advances in recovery for individuals with long-term mental illness. Their Excellencies will also have an opportunity to meet with patients working at VOCEC, a café in the hospital that employs people living with mental illness.

At 3:30 p.m., Their Excellencies will have an opportunity to preview the new facility scheduled to open in April 2017. This facility will be the first in North America to fully integrate long-term mental health and physical rehabilitation/complex care.

Providence Care provides care related to aging, mental health and rehabilitation. Fully affiliated with Queen’s University, Providence Care is a centre for health education and research, and a member of the Council of Academic Hospitals of Ontario. For more information, visit
New Facility, Providence Care Mental Health Services, 752 King Street West, Kingston
OPEN TO MEDIA – During the tour of the new facility at 3:30 p.m. Members of the media wishing to cover this event are asked to meet in the lobby of the new hospital.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jenn Goodwin, 613-329-0829,



Media information:

Annabelle Cloutier 
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-301-2764 (cell)



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