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Visit to Honour Youth and Volunteers

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May 21, 2011


Governor General to Honour Youth and Recognize Volunteers


OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will be in Toronto on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, to recognize excellence in philanthropy and volunteerism—one of the pillars of His Excellency’s mandate.

During this visit, the Governor General will present the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award to approximately 80 youth. Only members of the Royal Family or the governor general can present the Gold Award. Their Excellencies will also take the opportunity to meet with the Ontario and national councils of the award program.

Their Excellencies will then visit the Hospital for Sick Children Toronto (SickKids) and meet with young patients, as well as with members and volunteers of the SickKids Foundation.


Tuesday, May 24
Toronto, Ontario


1:30 p.m.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The Governor General will present the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award to approximately 80 youth. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a self-development program available to all young people between the ages of 14-25. The award encourages youth to be active, to participate in new activities, and to pursue current interests in four different ways: Community Service, Skills Development, Physical Fitness, and Expeditions and Exploration. Gold Award participants must also complete a Residential Project consisting of voluntary service. To date, the award program has motivated over 500 000 young people from Canada, and over seven million youth in 130 countries worldwide, to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities. For more information, please visit
Royal York Hotel, 100 Front Street, Toronto, Ontario

5:15 p.m.
Meeting with SickKids Foundation at the Hospital for Sick Children, in Toronto
Upon his arrival, the Governor General will participate in a hard-hat tour of the SickKids Research and Learning Tower, which is currently under construction.

5:30 p.m.
Story Time with Patients at the Hospital for Sick Children
Following the tour, the Governor General will read to young patients in the Hospital for Sick Children’s Reading Room.

6:10 p.m.
Governor General to Speak at the SickKids Donor Hall Celebration
The Governor General will then conclude his visit by speaking at the SickKids Foundation’s Donor Hall Celebration.
OPEN TO MEDIA – at the beginning of the event

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), affiliated with the University of Toronto, is Canada’s largest centre in the country dedicated to improving children’s health. The hospital’s mission is to provide the best in complex and specialized care by creating scientific and clinical advancements, sharing knowledge and expertise, and championing the development of an accessible, comprehensive and sustainable child health system. For more information, please visit

Established in 1972, the SickKids Foundation is the fundraising organization of the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). The foundation’s fundraising is driven by the belief that improving the health and well-being of children is one of the most powerful ways to improve society.

The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, Toronto, Ontario
Members of the media are asked to check in at the Information Desk located in the Atrium at the Elizabeth Street entrance.




Media information:  

Christelle Legault
Rideau Hall Press Office

Jill Hermant
The Duke of Edinburgh Awards

Sandra Chiovitti
SickKids Foundation