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Visit to Toronto

February 4, 2016

Their Excellencies to Visit Toronto

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will visit Toronto on Friday, February 5, 2016. While in Toronto, the Governor General will thank veterans for their service to our country and deliver a keynote address at the 27th annual Loran Scholars Foundation dinner.  Her Excellency will visit a courier service that employs people with disabilities and then tour an arts-based occupational therapy facility.

Here is the detailed itinerary:

2 p.m.
Visit to Sunnybrook Veterans Centre
The Governor General, as commander-in-chief of Canada, will tour the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, including the Dorothy Macham Home, which is a facility that provides innovative care to meet the special needs of veterans suffering from challenging behaviours due to dementia. Afterwards, His Excellency will deliver remarks and meet with veterans to recognize their years of service.

The Sunnybrook Veterans Centre opened as a war veterans’ hospital in 1948, and is the largest veterans’ care facility in Canada. Working in close partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, it offers long-term and complex hospital care to over 400 veterans. For more information, visit
Sunnybrook Veterans Centre, K-wing Door, 2075 Bayview Avenue
PHOTO OP– His Excellency will deliver brief remarks and meet with veterans to recognize their years of service at 2:30 p.m.  
MEDIA CONTACT: Sally Fur, Communications Advisor, 416-786-6402,

2:30 p.m.
Visit Good Foot Delivery by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
Mrs. Johnston will visit Good Foot Delivery, a courier service that offers employment to people with developmental disabilities. She will be introduced to the service, meet with some of its employees and then join one of the couriers on a delivery.

Good Foot Delivery opened in 2010, employs 30 people and has hundreds of client companies in Toronto. They will soon be expanding their service to include shipping to other cities. For more information, visit

3:45 p.m.
Visit to Creative Works Studio by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
Mrs. Johnston will visit St. Michael’s Hospital’s Creative Works Studio (CWS) to learn about its different programs and participate in an art therapy session with some of its members.

CWS is an arts-based occupational therapy program that promotes healing and recovery for people suffering from serious mental illness. For more information, visit
Creative Works Studio, 793 Gerrard St. East
PHOTO OP—Her Excellency will participate in an art therapy session.
MEDIA CONTACT: Kendra Stephenson, Media Relations Adviser, 416-573-8358,

7 p.m.
Keynote Address at the Loran Scholars Foundation Dinner
The Governor General will deliver the keynote address at the Loran Scholars Foundation’s 27th annual dinner. Prior to the dinner, His Excellency will meet with a group of scholars for an informal discussion.

Founded in 1988, the Loran Scholars Foundation is a national charity that works in partnership with Canadian universities, donors and volunteers throughout the country to invest in young people who demonstrate character, commitment to service and leadership potential. For more information, visit
BMO Institute For Learning, 3550 Pharmacy Avenue
OPEN TO MEDIA – Speeches only
MEDIA CONTACT:  Julia Lo, Manager, Marketing and Communications, 416-646-2120 ext. 230,


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

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