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Visit Kitchener-Waterloo

April 21, 2017

 Their Excellencies to Visit Kitchener-Waterloo

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will visit Kitchener-Waterloo on Tuesday, April 25, 2017

During their visit, His Excellency and co-author Tom Jenkins will present their new book Ingenious at the University of Waterloo and at Communitech. Mrs. Johnston will highlight mental health and alternative therapy initiatives in the region by visiting the Lutherwood Children’s Mental Health Centre, Pride Stables and the KW Counselling Services Centre.

Below is Their Excellencies’ detailed itinerary:

Tuesday, April 25

9 a.m.
Ingenious On-Stage Conversation
During an on-stage conversation hosted by Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo, the Governor General and Mr. Jenkins will speak about their book, Ingenious. The conversation will be followed by a question period and a book-signing session. The event will be streamed live online at

Published simultaneously in English and French by Signal/McClelland & Stewart (a division of Penguin Random House Canada) and Les Éditions La Presse, Ingenious is a book about hundreds of Canadian innovations that have made the world a smarter, smaller, kinder, safer, healthier, wealthier and happier place. The co-authors have worked hard to make sure this collection illustrates the range and depth of innovations that Canadians have given to the world. Ingenious categorizes these innovations by the impact they have made on our society, from the light bulb, the propeller, the electric radio and the zipper, to the life jacket, the basketball, peanut butter and Superman.
E5 Sedra Design Centre, University of Waterloo, 200 University Avenue West
MEDIA CONTACT: Shona Cook, Signa/McClelland & Stewart, 416-957-1576

10 a.m.
Visit to the Lutherwood Children’s Mental Health Centre by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
Her Excellency will tour the Centre to learn about the various programs offered at the facility.  In addition, Mrs. Johnston will have an opportunity to engage with youth participants and to meet with the staff and volunteers who run the programs.

Lutherwood is a progressive, not-for-profit health and social service organization that strengthens the lives of people in our community by providing mental health, employment, housing and family support services to more than 16 600 people annually in the Waterloo Region and in Wellington County. For more information, visit

1 p.m.
Visit to Pride Stables by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
Mrs. Johnston will visit Pride Stables to learn about the Central Ontario Developmental Riding Program. Mrs. Johnston will attend the kindergarten riding class where she will meet with participants, parents, teachers and volunteers.

Pride Stables provides a safe, high-quality riding program for persons with disabilities. The program fosters personal growth and improvement through the use of horses as a medium for development and therapy, with the assistance of volunteers. For more information, visit
Pride Stables, 584 Pioneer Tower Road
MEDIA CONTACT:  Heather MacKneson, 519 653-4686,

2 p.m.
Ingenious On-Stage Conversation
Later that day, the Governor General and Mr. Jenkins will visit Communitech to discuss their new book Ingenious during an on-stage conversation hosted by Iain Klugman, President and CEO of Communitech.

2:15 p.m.
Visit to the KW Counselling Services Centre by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
Mrs. Johnston will visit the KW Counselling Services Centre to learn about OK2BME, the Gay Straight Alliance Network, and The New Mentality, three community programs that offer support to LGBTQ + youth.  Mrs. Johnston will hear from participants, staff members and volunteers about the positive impact these programs have had on the community.

KW Counselling Services is a multi-service agency providing individual, family, group and outreach supports to the community. For more information, visit



Media information:

Josephine Laframboise
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-668-1929 (cell)


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