Visit to Newfoundland and Labrador-DETAILED PROGRAM

September 17, 2018  

***DETAILED PROGRAM***
Governor General to Undertake an
Official Visit to Newfoundland and Labrador 

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will undertake an official visit to Newfoundland and Labrador on September 20 and 21, 2018. She will stop in St. John’s, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and North West River.

During this visit, the Governor General will meet with provincial officials and community members. In addition, she will be invested as honorary chief commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG). This visit will also provide Her Excellency with an opportunity to discover Memorial University’s Fisheries and Marine Institute.

Below is Her Excellency’s detailed itinerary. Times are indicated in Newfoundland Daylight Time (NDT- 02:30). 

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Thursday, September 20

9:30 a.m. 
Official Welcoming Ceremony
Her Excellency will be officially welcomed to the province by Her Honour the Honourable Judy Foote, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, and by the Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. She will receive military honours, including a guard of honour, the “Viceregal Salute” and a 21-gun salute from members of the 5th Canadian Division, the Naval Reserve, Air Reserve Flight Torbay, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and 5th Canadian Ranger Patrol Group.
Confederation Building, 100 Prince Philip Drive, St. John’s
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Scott Barfoot, 709-729-4864, scottbarfoot@gov.nl.ca

10 a.m.
Meeting with Lieutenant Governor and Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Governor General will meet with the Lieutenant Governor and Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Premier’s Office, Confederation Building, 100 Prince Philip Drive, St. John’s
PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the meeting
MEDIA CONTACT: Michelle Cannizzaro, 709-729-3960, michellecannizzaro@gov.nl.ca

10:45 a.m.
Investiture of the Honorary Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard  
The Governor General will be invested as honorary chief commissioner of the CCG. Following the ceremony, she will present Exemplary Service Medals to CCG recipients. 

The role of the honorary chief commissioner was first established in 1976 with the investiture of then-Governor General the Right Honourable Jules Leger. Ms. Payette will be the eighth governor general to hold this honorary title. For more information on the CCG, visit www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca.
Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Regional Headquarters, 280 Southside Road, St. John’s
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Ann-Margret White, 709-749-0464, 
ann-margaret.white@dfo-mpo.gc.ca  

11:40 a.m.
Viewing of the Queen’s Portrait
The Governor General will viewthe Diamond Jubilee Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which will be on public display as of September 20, 2018, at Government House. The portrait has been in the Ballroom at Rideau Hall, the official residence and workplace of the Governor General, since 2012, and is undertaking a cross-country tour with its first stop in St. John’s. This initiative will allow for more Canadians to see the painting in person and is meant to honour and pay tribute to Her Majesty’s ongoing and unwavering service.
Government House, 50 Military Road, St. John’s
PHOTO OP
MEDIA CONTACT: Kristina George, 709-690-9867, kgeorge@gov.nl.ca 

1:30 p.m.
Visit to Memorial University’s Fisheries and Marine Institute
The Governor General will visit Memorial University’s Fisheries and Marine Institute. She will first stop at the Centre for Marine Simulation where she will try out the Hibernia Offshore Operations Simulator. Next, she will visit the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources’ flume tank where youth from Eastern Edge Robotics will test their remotely operated vehicles. 

The Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland is the most comprehensive institute in North America for the education, training, applied research and industrial support for the ocean industries. The Marine Institute utilizes world-class training and research facilities and highly qualified people to provide more than 20 industry-driven programs ranging from technical certificates to doctorate degrees and a wide range of industrial training courses for clients.
Fisheries and Marine Institute, Memorial University, 155 Ridge Road, St. John’s
OPEN TO MEDIA—During the tour of the Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources’ flume tank
MEDIA CONTACT: Moira Baird, 709-330-3918, moira.baird@mi.mun.ca

3:30 p.m.
Hike with Members of the Public on Signal Hill
The Governor General is inviting members of the public to join her for a hike at the Signal Hill National Historic Site, as part of her new initiative called GGActive, which aims to promote health and fitness. Members of the public are asked to meet at the Signal Hill Visitor Information Centre, where the hike will begin. 

Signal Hill was the site of St. John’s harbour defences from the 17th century to the Second World War, and where Guglielmo Marconi received the world’s first transatlantic wireless signal in 1901. For more information, visit www.pc.gc.ca/en/lhn-nhs/nl/signalhill.
Signal Hill, 230 Signal Hill Road, St. John’s
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Ray Kenny, 709-772-2587, ray.kenny@pc.gc.ca

6 p.m.
Public Concert on the Lawn of Government House
Her Excellency will deliver brief opening remarks at a public concert given by the Royal Newfoundland Regiment Band on the lawn of Government House. 

The Royal Newfoundland Regiment Band has existed since the start of The Great War. The band is now located in St. John’s, and has 35 full-time members and a number of volunteer auxiliary members. For more information, visit www.rnfldr.ca/regiment.aspx?item=191.
Government House, 50 Military Road, St. John’s
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Kristina George, 709-690-9867, kgeorge@gov.nl.ca

7 p.m.
Official Reception Hosted by the Lieutenant Governor and the Premier
The Lieutenant Governor and the Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador will host a reception in honour of Her Excellency’s first official visit to the province. The Governor General, the Lieutenant Governor and the Premier will deliver remarks on this occasion, and Her Excellency will present honours to three recipients. She will then have an opportunity to meet with residents and key community leaders.
Government House, 50 Military Road, St. John’s
OPEN TO MEDIA—During the speeches and the presentation of honours. The recipients’ citations and background information on the honours being presented are attached.
MEDIA CONTACT: Kristina George, 709- 690-9867, kgeorge@gov.nl.ca

Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador
Friday, September 21 

10:30 a.m.
Visit to 5 Wing Goose Bay
Upon arrival at 5 Wing Goose Bay, the Governor General will meet with the commander of the base, Lieutenant-Colonel Stéphane Racle, to receive an overview of the base’s activities. Later, Her Excellency will participate in a familiarization flight on board a CH-146 Griffon helicopter. At the end of the visit, she will meet with Canadian Armed Forces personnel. 

5 Wing Goose Bay conducts and supports a wide variety of operations including both joint and combined training. Its primary mission is to support NORAD operations for the projection of air power on the north and northeast coasts of Canada. 5 Wing supports military training for the Canadian Armed Forces, its allies and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). For more information, visit www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/5-wing/index.page.
5 Wing Goose Bay, Happy Valley-Goose Bay
PHOTO OP—Before taking flight
MEDIA CONTACT: Trevor Ackland, 709-896-6928, trevor.ackland@forces.gc.ca 

1:10 p.m.
Meeting with the Mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay
The Governor General will meet with His Worship Wally Andersen, Mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Town Hall, 212 Hamilton River Road, Happy Valley-Goose Bay
PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the visit
MEDIA CONTACT: Waylon Williams, 709-896-1609, pr@townhvgb.com 

1:35 p.m.
Community Walk Along the Birch Island Boardwalk
The Governor General will join the Mayor of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, youth and volunteers on a walk along the new Birch Island Boardwalk, built in partnership with the city of Happy Valley-Goose Bay and a not-for-profit organization called Healthy Waters Labrador.
Birch Island Boardwalk, Happy Valley-Goose Bay
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Waylon Williams, 709-896-1609, pr@townhvgb.com 

North West River, Newfoundland and Labrador
Friday, September 21

2:45 p.m.
Tour of and Reception at the Labrador Interpretation Centre
Her Excellency will learn about Labrador’s rich Indigenous history through the exhibits on display at the Labrador Interpretation Centre. The Governor General will then attend a reception with His Worship David Kieser, Mayor of North West River, and community members.
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RECIPIENTS AND CITATIONS 

MERITORIOUS SERVICE DECORATIONS (CIVIL DIVISION)

Augustine Dalton, M.S.M. (deceased)
Admirals Beach, Newfoundland and Labrador

On August 11, 1986, Gus Dalton orchestrated the rescue of 155 Tamil refugees who were drifting in lifeboats off the coast of St. Shott’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Without hesitation, he dumped his own catch of cod to accommodate the marooned refugees, radioing other fishing boats in the vicinity and notifying the Canadian Coast Guard to assist in the rescue. Thanks to his valiant actions, many refugees stayed and became contributing members of Canadian society.

SOVEREIGN’S MEDAL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Bridgette Abbott
Conception Bay South, NL

Bridgette Abbott used her title as Miss Newfoundland and Labrador as a platform to promote volunteerism within her community. Involved in numerous charitable events and fundraisers, she is a role model to many.  

Kevin Dunphy
St. John’s, NL 

Since joining the board of directors of Special Olympics Newfoundland and Labrador over 15 years ago, Kevin Dunphy has worked tirelessly to promote and expand the organization, notably as a key supporter of the 2016 Winter Games in Corner Brook.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON CANADIAN HONOURS

About the Meritorious Service Decorations

The Meritorious Service Decorations celebrate Canadians who have performed an exceptional deed or activity that brings honour to Canada. The decorations are separated into military and civil divisions, with two levels each: a cross and a medal.

The Civil Division recognizes remarkable contributions in many different fields of endeavour, from advocacy initiatives and health care services, to research and humanitarian efforts. The contributions can be innovative, set an example for others to follow, or improve the quality of life of a community. For more information or to nominate a deserving Canadian, visit merit.gg.ca.

About the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the remarkable volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the Medal pays tribute to the dedication and exemplary commitment of volunteers. For more information or to nominate a deserving volunteer, visit caring.gg.ca.