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Visit to the Citadelle of Québec

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September 16, 2011


 
Governor General to Undertake a Visit to the Citadelle of Québec and to Rimouski

 

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will undertake a visit to the official residence at the Citadelle of Québec from September 19 to 22, 2011.

During the visit to the Citadelle, the Governor General will welcome 12 new heads of diplomatic missions at two presentations of credentials. He will also present honours to recognize 29 Canadians who have demonstrated excellence, valour, bravery or exceptional dedication to service that brings credit to the country.

“This visit is of great importance as we take the time to focus on recognizing excellence, to partake in valuable exchanges and to learn about the interesting initiatives taking place in the region of Québec and how they impact the rest of Canada,” said His Excellency. “It is always important to take the time to recognize and thank the women and men who have given their time and energy to worthy causes or as part of their official duties.”

During the visit, Their Excellencies will spend some time in Lévis as well as visit Rimouski, where they will have the opportunity to encourage development in the areas of volunteerism, education, research and innovation by meeting with local decision makers and citizens.
 

Monday, September 19
Québec, Quebec

9:30 a.m.
Presentation of credentials
During the first ceremony, His Excellency will receive the credentials of the heads of diplomatic missions representing the following six countries: Republic of Armenia, Republic of France, Republic of Latvia, Georgia, Republic of Korea and Republic of Angola.

Credentials are the official documents by which new heads of diplomatic missions are presented by their head of State as their official representative. Currently, there are more than 130 heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Canada.
The Citadelle of Québec, Québec, Quebec
OPEN TO MEDIA

2:00 p.m.
Presentation of credentials
During the second ceremony, His Excellency will receive the credentials of the heads of diplomatic missions representing the following six countries: Republic of El Salvador, Republic of the Philippines, Switzerland, Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, Republic of Mauritius, and Montenegro.
The Citadelle of Québec, Québec, Quebec
OPEN TO MEDIA

6:45 p.m.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Certificate Presentation Ceremony
His Excellency will present the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award certificates to 80 young recipients from Quebec for developing important life skills while contributing to the community. The Governor General will deliver an address on this occasion.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s 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 to develop social adaptability through involvement with others in a group setting. To date, the award program has motivated over 725 000 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 www.dukeofed.org.
Château Frontenac, 1 rue des Carrières, Québec, Quebec
OPEN TO MEDIA

Tuesday, September 20
Québec, Quebec

10:15 a.m.
Visit to Maison Dauphine and Lunch with Students of L’École de la rue
Their Excellencies will visit Maison Dauphine and meet with staff and youth benefitting from the services it offers. Their Excellencies will have lunch with youth who use the services of Maison Dauphine and talk with them about their day-to-day challenges.

Founded in 1992, Maison Dauphine is a safe haven for street youth aged 12 to 24 years that provides unconditional aid in an environment respectful of differences. Maison Dauphine offers youth the chance to be accepted for who they are and to rebuild a safe living environment for themselves, one that meets their needs and addresses the realities they face. It allows them to take a break, to receive protection, help and support, and to be involved in finding solutions to their problems. L’École de la rue is one of Maison Dauphine’s great achievements. Founded in 1998, it allows street youth to go back to school and receive their high school diploma. The staff work with them in and out of the classroom to help them achieve their goals. For more information, please visit www.maisondauphine.org.
Maison Dauphine, 14 rue Dauphine, Québec, Quebec
PHOTO OP—Upon Their Excellencies’ arrival and at the beginning of the visit

1:30 p.m.
Presentation of Honours
During this ceremony, the Governor General will recognize 29 people on behalf of all Canadians. They will receive the following honours:

-     two appointments to the Order of Merit of the Police Forces;
-     three Military Valour Decorations;
-     eight Meritorious Service Decorations (Military Division);
-     fifteen Decorations for Bravery; and
-     one Governor General’s Northern Medal.

The description of each honour, as well as a list of recipients, will be published in a separate media advisory. For more information about the Canadian Honours System, please visit our Web site at http://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=67&lan=eng.
The Citadelle of Québec, Québec, Quebec
OPEN TO MEDIA 

Wednesday, September 21
Lévis, Quebec

10:15 a.m.
Visit to Maison Alphonse-Desjardins
Their Excellencies will visit historic Maison Alphonse-Desjardins, the place where the first caisse populaire Desjardins co-op was founded. A permanent exhibit and a guided tour will explain how the caisse populaire was founded, and describe the life of its co-founders and the reason why they created the Caisse Desjardins.

Founder of Desjardins Group, Alphonse Desjardins is well-known for having created the first caisse populaire in the Americas. Created over a century ago, the Desjardins co-op model can now be found in some 20 countries, most notably throughout Canada and the United States, as well as in Africa, Asia and even Russia. For more information, please visit www.desjardins.com.
Maison Alphonse-Desjardins, 8 rue du Mont-Marie, Lévis, Quebec
PHOTO OP—Upon Their Excellencies’ arrival

11:00 a.m.
Visit to the Caisse populaire Desjardins de Lévis
Following their visit to Maison Alphonse-Desjardins, Their Excellencies will open an account at the Caisse populaire Desjardins de Lévis, where they will become honorary members, thus continuing a long tradition established by seven previous governors general who also opened accounts at the branch.
Caisse populaire Desjardins de Lévis, 1200 boulevard Alphonse-Desjardins, Lévis, Quebec
CLOSED TO MEDIA

11:45 a.m.
Luncheon at the Desjardins Group Head Office

Their Excellencies will be welcomed by Ms. Monique F. Leroux, President and CEO of Desjardins Group, and will have the opportunity to meet several Desjardins Group officers during a luncheon.
95 avenue des Commandeurs, Lévis, Quebec

CLOSED TO MEDIA

2:30 p.m.
Visit to the Infectious Disease Research Center (IDRC) of Laval University, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec (CHUQ)
Their Excellencies will visit the IDRC at Laval University, where they will learn about some of the innovative research being conducted on infectious diseases.

Founded in 1974 by Dr. Michel Bergeron, C.M., O.Q., the IDRC’s mission is to better understand host-pathogen interactions, in order to develop innovative approaches to diagnose, prevent, and treat infectious diseases, not only in Canada, but throughout the world. For more information, please visit www.cri.ulaval.ca.
Infectious Disease Research Center, Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec (CHUQ), 2705 boulevard Laurier, Québec, Quebec
CLOSED TO MEDIA

Thursday, September 22
Rimouski, Quebec

8:45 a.m.
Visit to the Marine Biotechnology Research Centre (MBRC)
Their Excellencies will visit the MBRC to learn about the research conducted by the MBRC and the services it offers.

Inaugurated in May 2004, the MBRC, located near the campus of Université du Québec à Rimouski, is a targeted research centre working to contribute to the development of marine biotechnology and technology transfers to Canadian companies through its activities in technological monitoring, applied research, and process and product development. For more information, please visit www.crbm-mbrc.com.
Marine Biotechnology Research Centre, 265 2e rue Est, Rimouski, Quebec
OPEN TO MEDIA

10:00 a.m.
Meeting with Mr. Michel Ringuet, Rector of Université du Québec à Rimouski
Their Excellencies will meet with Mr. Michel Ringuet, Rector of the Université du Québec à Rimouski, to discuss the institution’s projects, initiatives, challenges and achievements.
Université du Québec à Rimouski, 300 allée des Ursulines, Rimouski, Quebec
PHOTO OP—Upon Their Excellencies’ arrival and at the beginning of the meeting

10:30 a.m.
Visit to Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)
Their Excellencies will have the opportunity to meet and speak with students and researchers from the university’s three major areas of research: marine sciences, regional development and nordicity.

Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) has developed special expertise in several areas of research that have significantly contributed to the institution’s international reputation, notably in marine sciences, regional development and nordicity. For more information, please visit www.uqar.ca.
Université du Québec à Rimouski, 300 allée des Ursulines, Rimouski, Quebec
PHOTO OP - In the front entrance of the Institut des sciences de la mer (ISMER) at 11:00 a.m.  

12:15 p.m.
Luncheon and Discussion with Families at the Maison Accueil Maternité de Rimouski
Their Excellencies will meet with in-the-field volunteers and speak with mothers who visit the resource centre. This meeting will provide Their Excellencies with an opportunity to encourage mothers, motivate them and offer moral support.

The Maison Accueil Maternité de Rimouski welcomes mothers who need support, accompaniment and comfort during and after pregnancy. The resource centre provides mothers and their children with free meals, as well as free services and training to equip them with the knowledge they need to lead fulfilling and enriching lives.
Accueil-Maternité de Rimouski inc, 340 avenue Rouleau, Rimouski, Quebec
CLOSED TO MEDIA

1:45 p.m.
Discussion with Volunteers in the community of Rimouski
Their Excellencies will take part in a discussion with volunteers with more than 20 years of active service in the community of Rimouski to learn more about the initiatives of organizations and citizens in Rimouski and to congratulate them for the outstanding service contribution to the community.
Maison des familles de Rimouski-Neigette, 215 rue Tesser, Rimouski, Quebec
CLOSED TO MEDIA

3:30 p.m.
Visit to the Aquaculture Laboratory of the Institut des sciences de la mer de Rimouski (ISMER)
Continuing on with the visit to Université du Québec à Rimouski, Their Excellencies will have the opportunity to speak with field researchers and to observe various study projects.

The Aquaculture Laboratory is a satellite oceanographic laboratory of ISMER. The Aquaculture Laboratory is a key research tool for UQAR-ISMER researchers working in disciplines where access to water is essential. For more information, please visit www.ismer.ca.  
Institute des sciences de la mer, 310 allée des Ursulines, Rimouski, Quebec
OPEN TO MEDIA

4:30 p.m.
Visit to the Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père
Their Excellencies will visit the maritime historic site of Pointe-au-Père, home of the Empress of Ireland Museum and the Onondaga submarine.

Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 by a group of divers dedicated to preserving and showcasing artefacts retrieved from the wreck of the transatlantic ship Empress of Ireland. It sank on May 29, 1914; 1 012 people lost their lives in the tragedy, which is in many respects comparable to the sinking of the Titanic. The historic site is also home to the Onondaga submarine, decommissioned by National Defence and the only submarine accessible to the public in Canada. In addition, in collaboration with Parks Canada, the historic site highlights the importance of the Pointe-au-Père Lighthouse. For more information, please visit www.shmp.qc.ca.
Site historique maritime de la Pointe-au-Père, 1000 rue de Phare, Rimouski, Quebec
OPEN TO MEDIA—During the visit to the Empress of Ireland Museum

5:00 p.m.
Courtesy Call with His Worship Éric Forest, Mayor of Rimouski
Mayor’s Office, Hôtel de ville de Rimouski, 205 avenue de la Cathédrale, Rimouski, Quebec
PHOTO OP—Upon Their Excellencies’ arrival and at the beginning of the meeting

 

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Media information:

In Ottawa:
Christelle Legault
Rideau Hall Press Office        
613-998-0287
christelle.legault@gg.ca

 

For Presentation of Credentials and Honourary Distinctions :
Marie-Pierre Bélanger
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-852-3248 (cell)
marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca  


At the Citadelle:

Joanne Charrette
Official Spokesperson to the Governor General
613-852-5364 (cell)
joanne.charette@gg.ca
 

 

 

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