Visit to the Eastern Townships

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January 21, 2011

Governor General to Visit Eastern Townships  

OTTAWA—Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will conduct a one-day visit to the Eastern Townships on Monday, January 24, 2011.

His Excellency will begin his visit at 8:45 a.m. by meeting with His Worship Bernard Sévigny, Mayor of Sherbrooke, at City Hall. The Governor General will then proceed to the Université de Sherbrooke where he will meet with professor Luce Samoisette, University president, at 9:45 a.m.

In the afternoon, Their Excellencies will travel to Owl’s Head ski resort, where they will be welcomed by the president of the Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF), Peter Treacy. ASF is a charitable organization specializing in offering adaptive ski programs for children and adults with disabilities. On the occasion of Their Excellencies’ visit, the Foundation will be introducing a ski program for Canadian Forces personnel from the Soldier On Program. At 1 p.m., on the first day of this introduction camp, the Governor General who is Commander-in-Chief of Canada and his wife will have the opportunity to learn more about the equipment they use, and see demonstrations conducted by Soldier On participants and ASF students. The event will take place at the main chalet.

About Adaptive Sports Foundation
The Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) is a registered, non-profit, charitable organization founded in 1995. The mission of the ASF is to establish, operate and maintain educational programs that encourage physically disabled children and adults to discover new abilities through alpine skiing and water sports. The Foundation provides trained volunteers who assist these individuals to become as independent as possible in their chosen sport, which fosters the development of self-confidence, self-motivation, increased physical strength and improved self-image while learning a lifelong sport/skill to be enjoyed with family and friends. For more information, please visit

About Soldier On
Soldier On is a Canadian Forces program that aims to improve the quality of life of injured or ill military personnel and former personnel, through physical, recreational or sporting activities. It supports these personnel in increasing their independence, in developing new skills and in achieving goals. It also furnishes an opportunity for them to socialize and explore common interests, and share learning experiences. For more information, please visit


Media information:                                                           
Marie-Ève Létourneau                                                     
Rideau Hall Press Office                                                                        

To cover the visit to Sherbrooke’s City Hall, please contact:
Sylvie Proulx
Press Secretary to the Mayor

To cover the visit to the Université de Sherbrooke, please contact:
Caroline Dubois
Media Relations Advisor
Université de Sherbrooke
819-821-8000, ext. 63395

To cover the visit to the Adaptive Sports Foundation at Owl’s Head Ski Resort, please contact:
Peter Treacy
Adaptive Sports Foundation
450-776-8547 (cellular)

For more information about the Soldier On Program, please contact:
DND Media Liaison Office