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Itinerary: Official Visit to Newfoundland and Labrador

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June 22, 2011

Governor General to Undertake Official Visit to the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will conduct an official visit to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador from June 23 to 26, 2011.

“Families and children, innovation and education, as well as philanthropy and volunteerism are the three pillars I have chosen to promote during my mandate as governor general, and they will certainly be the focal points of my official visit to the province,” said His Excellency. “My wife, Sharon, and I are looking forward to witnessing the sense of entrepreneurship and solidarity that unites the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. The success story of the traditional village of Fogo Island, which has revitalized its culture through the arts, is one of the many examples that clearly demonstrates how community members have united their efforts to create better life opportunities for themselves.” 

Upon their arrival in St. John’s, Their Excellencies will be officially welcomed by the Lieutenant Governor and the Premier, and will meet with the Mayor. During their visit, Their Excellencies will witness the innovative and technological projects implemented by the Provincial Aerospace Limited and by Memorial University’s Landmark Graphics Visualization Laboratory. 

On June 24, as part of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Their Excellencies will meet with members of the Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador to celebrate the importance of Francophone culture in Canada. 

Their Excellencies will also have the opportunity to discuss the benefits of volunteerism, philanthropy, and partnerships during meetings with representatives from the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Stella Burry Community Services, which provides programs for adults and youth who have experienced personal or family breakdown brought about by mental health issues, addictions, abuse, illiteracy, the lack of education and poverty. 

The official visit to the province will conclude with stops at the traditional village of Fogo Island, at Change Islands, and at Twillingate, located on the northeastern coast of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Thursday, June 23
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

12:45 p.m.
Arrival in St. John’s
Upon their arrival in the capital city, Their Excellencies will be greeted by Their Honours the Honourable John Crosbie, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, and his wife Mrs. Jane Crosbie.
Shell Elite AeroCentre, Hangar 1, St. John’s International Airport, Newfoundland and Labrador
PHOTO OP—Upon Their Excellencies’ arrival. Media wishing to cover the arrival must confirm their attendance in advance with Stephen Dinn, Vice President of Corporate Development, Provincial Aerospace, at 709-570-1441 or sdinn@provair.com.

1:25 p.m.
Official Welcoming Ceremony
Their Excellencies will be officially welcomed by the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador; Mr. Roger Fitzgerald, Speaker of the House; and Commander Larry Jones at the Confederation Building. During the ceremony, the Governor General will conduct an inspection of the guard of honour.
Confederation Building, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
OPEN TO MEDIA

1:55 p.m.
Meeting with the Honourable Kathy Dunderdale, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

Premier’s Boardroom, Confederation Building, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
PHOTO OP—Upon Their Excellencies’ arrival and during the signing of the guest book

2:40 p.m.
Meeting and Discussion with Representatives from the Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador
As patron of the Community Foundations of Canada, His Excellency will meet with its representatives from Newfoundland and Labrador to learn about their current activities and projects. The Governor General will also deliver an address on his vision for Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017 and emphasize the role that community foundations can play in achieving that vision.

The Community Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (CFNL) is a unique registered charity. The foundation’s goal is to help people from all walks of life support the causes they feel are priorities in their communities and their province. To achieve this goal, CFNL pools and invests the gifts of many donors to create permanent endowment funds for communities in Newfoundland and Labrador.
MacMorran Community Centre, 10 McSheffrey Lane, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
OPEN TO MEDIA

Friday, June 24
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

8:15 a.m.
Tree Planting Ceremony
Their Excellencies, in the presence of Their Honours and guests, will plant a tree on the grounds of Government House in honour of their first official visit to the province.
Government House, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
PHOTO OP

8:45 a.m.
Visit to Provincial Aerospace Limited
Their Excellencies will have the opportunity to visit Provincial Aerospace Limited, which started as a small flight school with fewer than 10 employees in 1974, and is now a world leader in airborne and maritime surveillance. Their Excellencies will tour an operational hanger that includes a training facility, a Department of Fisheries and Oceans-contracted surveillance aircraft, and a Department of National Defence Dash 8 that is currently going through a 20-year, mid-life upgrade.

Provincial Aerospace is a global leader in aerospace and defence, providing highly tailored airborne and maritime surveillance solutions: from custom aircraft design and modification, to mission system design and integration, to mission operations, training and support. It has 35 solid years of fixed-wing operations experience and 25 years of surveillance experience, flying over 145 000 hours and in 20 000 incident-free missions worldwide for government, military and industry clientele, in the harshest maritime climates around the world. For more information, visit www.provincialaerospace.com.
Shell Elite AeroCentre, Hangar 1, St. John’s International Airport, Newfoundland and Labrador
PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the tour. Media must arrive no later than 8:10 a.m. that morning. For more information, contact Stephen Dinn, Vice President of Corporate Development, Provincial Aerospace, at 709-570-1441 or sdinn@provair.com

11 a.m.
Innovation Celebration at Memorial University of Newfoundland
His Excellency will have the opportunity to meet with recipients of the Student Innovation Fund, and view their projects and initiatives in various fields such as arts, music, science, engineering, humanitarian aid, social justice, and media. He will also address recipients on this special occasion.

The Student Innovation Fund provides an opportunity to work collaboratively with students in developing student-initiated projects that enhance the quality of life at Memorial University of Newfoundland. The purpose of this fund is to reinforce student innovation, empower students to productively respond to student issues and foster feelings of ownership, involvement and connection to the mission and community of Memorial University. For more information, visit www.mun.ca.
The Landing, UC-3018, 3rd floor, Smallwood University Center, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
OPEN TO MEDIA

12:10 p.m.
Visit to the Hungry Heart Café
Their Excellencies will meet with representatives from Stella Burry Community Services (SBCS) and staff from the Hungry Heart Café to hear how program participants are overcoming barriers to employment thanks to this culinary art training program.

The Hungry Heart Café is operated by SBCS, which provides a range of innovative programs for adults who have experienced personal or family breakdown related to mental health issues, addictions, abuse, illiteracy, lack of education or poverty, many of whom are eager to return to the workforce.  All profits generated by the café are re-invested in SBCS programs. For more information about the Hungry Heart Café and SBCS, visit www.stellaburry.ca.
142 Military Road, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the visit

1:25 p.m.
Discussion with members of the Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador
On Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day, Their Excellencies will meet with members of the Fédération des francophones de Terre-Neuve et du Labrador (FFTNL) at the Centre scolaire et communautaire des Grands-Vents, in St. John’s. They will visit the facility and discuss the importance of Francophone culture with members.

The FFTNL is a non-profit organization that advocates for and promotes the rights and interests of the Francophone and Acadian community of Newfoundland and Labrador. Its mission is to promote Newfoundland and Labrador’s Francophone culture and to facilitate its development. For more information, visit www.francotnl.ca/info.php?noPage=244.
245-65 Ridge Road, St. John’s,
Newfoundland and Labrador
OPEN TO MEDIA

2:20 p.m.
Meeting with His Worship Dennis O’Keefe, Mayor of the City of St. John’s
Mayor’s Office, City Hall, 10 New Gower Street, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
PHOTO OP—Upon Their Excellencies’ arrival, during the signing of the guest book and at the beginning of the meeting

Saturday, June 25
Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador

9:30 am
Visit to the Town of Fogo Island
During their visit to the traditional Town of Fogo Island, Their Excellencies will attend a welcoming ceremony hosted by His Worship Gerard Foley, Mayor of the Town of Fogo Island, and councillors at the Fogo Island Central Academy. Their Excellencies will then meet with members of the Shorefast Foundation, as well as visit the Marine Interpretation Centre and the communities of Fogo, Tilting and Joe Batt’s Arm. The visit to the island will conclude with a meeting with participants from the Re.Mode Conference, hosted by the Fogo Island Arts Corporation. For more information about Fogo Island, visit www.town-fogo.ca.
Fogo Island, Newfoundland and Labrador
OPEN TO MEDIA

Sunday, June 26
Change Islands, Newfoundland and Labrador

9 a.m.
Visit to Change Islands
Their Excellencies will meet with His Worship Stephen Brinson, Mayor of Change Islands, and town councillors for an overview of the history of the island. They will then do a walkabout to visit a variety of local sites, such as the Old Shoppe Museum, which contains a collection of artifacts related to Newfoundland and Labrador’s history.
Change Island, Newfoundland and Labrador
OPEN TO MEDIA

Sunday, June 26
Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador

1:30 p.m.
Visit to Twillingate
Their Excellencies will visit Twillingate—the iceberg capital of the world—and its Long Point Lighthouse, which was built more than 300 feet above the Atlantic Ocean sea level and is operated by the Canadian Coast Guard.  They will tour the harbour-wharf and learn about the evolution of fisheries in the region.

In addition, Their Excellencies will meet with community members at a gathering during which they will enjoy traditional Newfoundland musical performances. The Governor General will also deliver an address.
Twillingate, Newfoundland and Labrador
PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the tour of Long Point Lighthouse
OPEN TO MEDIA—Community gathering
and Governor General’s address

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