Governor General to Undertake an Official Visit to Saskatchewan

October 17, 2018

***DETAILED PROGRAM***
Governor General to Undertake an
Official Visit to Saskatchewan

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will undertake an official visit to Saskatchewan from October 18 to 20, 2018. She will make stops in Regina, Moose Jaw and Humboldt.

During this visit, the Governor General will meet with provincial officials and community members. She will promote health and fitness by inviting members of the public to join her on a walk around Wascana Lake. She will also have the occasion to meet cadets at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Academy “Depot” Division and to see the closing ceremony of the 48th Canadian Forces Snowbird season at CFB 15 Wing Moose Jaw.

In addition, the Governor General will recognize remarkable Canadians during an honours presentation ceremony. In Humboldt, Her Excellency will present two Governor General’s Commendations for Outstanding Service.

Below is Her Excellency’s detailed itinerary. Times are indicated in Central Standard Time (CST-6).

Regina
Thursday, October 18

1:45 p.m.
Official Welcoming Ceremony

Her Excellency will be officially welcomed to the province by His Honour the Honourable W. Thomas Molloy, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, and the Honourable Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan. She will receive military honours, including a guard of honour, the “Viceregal Salute” and a 21-gun salute from members of the 3 Canadian Division, Joint Task Force West and the 10th Field Artillery, 38 Canadian Brigade Group.
Legislative Assembly, 2405 Legislative Drive, Regina
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Dale Hunter, 306-787-2127, dale.hunter@gov.sk.ca

2:15 p.m.
Walk with Members of the Public at Wascana Lake

The Governor General is inviting members of the public to join her for a walk around Wascana Lake as part of her new initiative called GGActive, which aims to promote health and fitness. Members of the public are asked to meet at the park in front of the Legislative Assembly, where the walk will begin.
Wascana Lake in front of the Legislative Building
OPEN TO MEDIA|
MEDIA CONTACT
: Dale Hunter, 306-787-2127, dale.hunter@gov.sk.ca

3:30 p.m.
Meeting with the Premier of Saskatchewan

The Governor General will meet with the Honourable Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan.
Premier’s Office, Legislative Assembly, 2405 Legislative Drive, Regina
PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the meeting
MEDIA CONTACT: Jim Billington, 306-787-0425, jim.billington@gov.sk.ca

4 p.m.
Visit to the Saskatchewan War Memorial

Her Excellency will visit the Saskatchewan War Memorial to pay tribute to residents from the province who lost their lives during the First and Second World Wars, the Korean War, military training, peacekeeping operations and the Afghanistan war.
Saskatchewan War Memorial, 2405 Legislative Drive, Regina
PHOTO OP
MEDIA CONTACT: Dale Hunter, 306-787-2127, dale.hunter@gov.sk.ca

5:30 p.m.
Meeting with the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan

The Governor General will meet with His Honour the Honourable W. Thomas Molloy, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan. Afterwards, she will sign the Lieutenant Governor’s guest book.
Government House, 4607 Dewdney Avenue, Regina
PHOTO OP—At the beginning of the meeting and signing of the guest book
MEDIA CONTACT: Carolyn Speirs, 306-787-6460, carolyn.speirs@gov.sk.ca

Regina
Friday, October 19

9:30 a.m.
Visit to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Academy
Depot” Division
The Governor General will visit the RCMP Academy Depot Division where she will observe a mental health de-escalation tactics session. Next, she will visit the driving simulators that provide realistic scenarios to evaluate performance and to prepare Cadets for real-world policing situations.

Since 1885, the RCMP Academy, “Depot” Division has been training members of our national police force. To this day, all cadets of the RCMP undergo their initial basic training here. For more information, visit www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca.
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY 

Moose Jaw
Friday, October 19

12:45 p.m.
Question and Answer Session with Students from École Ducharme 

The Governor General will visit École Ducharme, where she will participate in a question and answer session with students from junior kindergarten to grade 12. École Ducharme is the only Francophone school in Moose Jaw. 
École Ducharme, 340, Ominica Street West
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT:
Claude-Jean Harel, 306-719-7455, cjharel@cefsk.ca

2:30 p.m.
Visit to CFB 15 Wing Moose Jaw

Upon arrival at CFB 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Her Excellency will attend the closing demonstration of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds’ 48th season. Afterwards, the Governor General will tour the NATO Flying Training in Canada (NFTC) academy and meet with instructors and students. 

CFB 15 Wing is the centre of Royal Canadian Air Force aircrew training and 431 Air Demonstration Squadron. For more information, visit www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/15-wing/index.page.
15 Wing Moose Jaw, Colonel O.B. Philip Complex, Building 160, Moose Jaw
OPEN TO MEDIA—For the duration of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds demonstration. Media are to meet no later than 2 p.m. at the front desk of the Colonel O.B. Philip Complex, Building 160 to obtain visitors pass and be escorted onto the ramp.
MEDIA CONTACT: Lt(N) Michele Tremblay, 514-210-0024,
snwbdpao@gmail.com

Regina
Saturday, October 20

10:30 a.m.
Presentation of Honours

Her Excellency will present honours to close to 40 remarkable Canadians to recognize excellence, courage and exceptional dedication to service. The list of recipients, their citations and additional information will be published in a separate media advisory. 

The Governor General presents honours on behalf of all Canadians in communities across the country to help share inspiring stories, celebrate tremendous contributions to our society and connect with Canadians. From community volunteers to scientists, from actors to members of the military, from scholars to everyday citizens, hundreds of Canadians earn our applause and gratitude. For more information about honours or to nominate someone who inspires you, visit www.gg.ca/honours.
RCMP Academy Depot Division, Drill Hall, Regina
OPEN TO MEDIA—Media are asked to present themselves at Fort Dufferin where they will be met by a staff member, receive their media passes and be escorted to the Drill Hall for the ceremony.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sgt Constance Roussel, 306-269-7480,
 constance.roussel@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

Humboldt
Saturday, October 20

5:30 p.m.
Visit to the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Exhibit

Her Excellency will visit the Humboldt Broncos Memorial Exhibit where she will see all the support the community received following the tragic crash.

The exhibit features messages, banners, jerseys and hockey sticks, among many other paraphernalia. For more information, visit www.humboldtmuseum.ca/content/humboldt-broncos-memorial-exhibit#.
Humboldt and District Gallery, 601 Main Street, Humboldt
OPEN TO POOLED MEDIA ONLY
MEDIA CONTACT
: Dale Hunter, 306-787-2127, dale.hunter@gov.sk.ca

5:40 p.m.
Gathering with Humboldt Community and Presentation of the Governor General’s Commendations for Outstanding Service

Her Excellency will have an opportunity to meet with Humboldt community members during a private reception. In addition, she will present two Governor General’s Commendations for Outstanding Service.

The first commendation will be presented to first responders, citizens and volunteers who came to the aid of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team in the aftermath of the devastating bus crash on April 6, 2018. During the minutes, hours and days following the tragedy, which claimed the lives of 16 people, the members of several close-knit communities continued to give freely of their time and resources in support of the victims and their families.

The second commendation will be presented to the citizens of the City of Humboldt and the surrounding areas, who, although shocked and saddened by this tragic incident on April 6, 2018, demonstrated solidarity, strength and resiliency by offering steady support to the families of the victims.
Humboldt and District Gallery, 601 Main Street, Humboldt
OPEN TO POOLED MEDIA ONLY
MEDIA CONTACT:
Dale Hunter, 306-787-2127, dale.hunter@gov.sk.ca

7:30 p.m.
Official Puck Drop at Hockey Game

The Governor General will participate in the official puck drop at the Humboldt Broncos home game against the Melville Millionaires.
Elgar Petersen Arena, 615 17 Street, Humboldt
OPEN TO POOLED MEDIA ONLY
MEDIA CONTACT:
Dale Hunter, 306-787-2127, dale.hunter@gov.sk.ca

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Media information

Josephine Laframboise
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-990-9324
613-668-1929 (cell)
josephine.laframboise@gg.ca

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