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May 7, 2010

Governor General to Deliver Speech at the
Canadian Club of Toronto 

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will visit Toronto on May 10 and 11, 2010

The Governor General will deliver the opening address at the DiverseCity event hosted by the Canadian Club of Toronto. In her address entitled “Corporate Engagement and the Drive to Inspire: Empowering New Leaders in 21st Century Canada,” Her Excellency will speak on the key role the business community can play in empowering emerging leaders, including those from minority and underprivileged backgrounds. 

Below is Her Excellency’s detailed itinerary:

Monday, May 10

1 p.m.
Opening address at DiverseCity event
In front of Toronto business leaders and youth, the Governor General will deliver the opening address at the DiverseCity event. The speech will be followed by a discussion on ways to cultivate the kind of leadership Canada needs to remain prosperous in an ever-changing global economy.
Sheraton Centre Hotel, Grand Ballroom, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto

3 p.m.
Visit to The National Ballet of Canada
Her Excellency will visit the National Ballet of Canada, where she will be given a tour of the facility by Artistic Director and former internationally-renowned Canadian prima ballerina Karen Kain. 

Established as a classical company by founder Celia Franca in 1951, it is the only Canadian ballet company to present a full range of traditional full-length classics. In addition to its classical repertoire, the company also embraces contemporary works and encourages the creation of new ballets and the development of Canadian choreographers. For more information, please visit their Web site at 
470 Queens Quay West, Toronto

4:15 p.m.
Visit to University Settlement
Her Excellency will visit University Settlement as the organization celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.  During her tour of this non-profit multi-service agency serving the social, economic, cultural and recreational needs of the community, Her Excellency will distribute nutritional snacks to youth in the after-school program and attend a cultural performance offered by senior program participants. For more information on University Settlement, please visit its Web site at
23 Grange Road, Toronto

Tuesday, May 11

10 a.m.
Presentation of the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award
In the presence of His Honour the Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario,Her Excellency will award the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award to three recipients who have been involved in their community. Created in 1996 by the late Right Honourable Roméo LeBlanc, the award is presented to individuals and groups whose unpaid, voluntary contributions provide extraordinary help or care to people in the community.

To read the recipients’ citations, please see Annex A.
Lieutenant Governor’s Suite, Music Room, Queen’s Park, Toronto


ANNEX A – Citations for the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award

Lionel K. and Lynda A. Mason, Toronto, Ontario
For more than 25 years, Lionel and Lynda Mason, of Toronto, Ontario, have organized a bowling league called Woodchippers for persons with special needs. Among their many contributions to this cause, the Masons organize matches, manage the finances, host an annual tournament and banquet, and have even helped with the publication of a bowling manual for persons with special needs. The league currently maintains a roster of 150 bowlers and 30 volunteers. The Masons' dedication embodies the spirit of community, and their patient, caring attitudes have touched the lives of many grateful people.

Heather Breanne Muir, Walkerton, Ontario
Heather Breanne Muir, of Walkerton, Ontario, a volunteer diagnosed with a rare medical condition at the age of four, has selflessly dedicated herself to being a strong voice for youth issues and to offering her assistance to the Canadian Blood Services. Ms. Muir is a past president of Ontario Students Against Impaired Driving association, a member of the local Optimist Club, of 4-H and of the National Liaison Committee of Canadian Blood Services. Today, Ms. Muir continues to devote a large part of her life to the promotion of valuable causes.

Media Information:
Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-302-0912 (cell)

Lynn Chou
Media Relations
Canadian Club of Toronto

Julia Howell
Media Relations
416-402-4274 (cell)

Catherine Chang
Senior Public Relations Manager
The National Ballet of Canada
416-345-9686, ext. 302
647-290-7736 (cell)  

Debra Shime
Executive Director
University Settlement
416-598-3444, ext. 222
416- 995-9469 (cell)