Governor General to Visit St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

May 28, 2019  

OTTAWA—Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will be in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, on May 30, 2019.

During this visit, the Governor General will take part in a Dedication to Service Ceremony of the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Captain Molly Kool. Her Excellency will address the students of École des Grands-Vents and École Rocher-du-Nord on the occasion of Provincial Francophonie Day. Finally, she will take advantage of her time in St. John’s to present two individuals with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers.

Below is Her Excellency’s detailed itinerary. Times are indicated in Newfoundland Daylight Time (UTC - 02:30).

St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador
Thursday, May 30

11 a.m. 
Dedication to Service Ceremony of the CCGS Captain Molly Kool

Her Excellency will take part in a Dedication to Service Ceremony to officially commission the CCGS Captain Molly Kool. Her Honour the Honourable Judy May Foote, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador—and the first woman to serve in this role—has accepted to be the sponsor of the vessel and will take part in the event. The Governor General will deliver remarks.

The CCGS Captain Molly Kool is an icebreaker named after the late Captain Molly Kool. In 1939, she became the first woman in North America to attain the certification of Master of a Cargo Steamship in the Home Trade, one of the highest levels of qualification that could be achieved in the seagoing profession at that time. 
Canadian Coast Guard Atlantic Regional Headquarters, 280 Southside Road, St. John’s
OPEN TO MEDIA—During the presentation and vessel tour
MEDIA CONTACT: Media Relations -- Fisheries, Oceans and Canadian Coast Guard,
613-990-7537 or Media.xncr@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

1:30 p.m.
Presentation to the students of École des Grands-Vents and École Rocher-du-Nord

On the occasion of Provincial Francophonie Day, the Governor General will invite students to dare to dream while talking about her role as governor general and her background as an astronaut.

École des Grands-Vents offers free, French first language instruction from kindergarten to Grade 6 as well as the Head Start program to prepare children for entry into kindergarten. More than 150 young people have been attending it since the start of the school year in September 2018. For more information, visit www.csfp.nl.ca/grands-vents. École Rocher-du-Nord is the only French-language school for students in Grades 7 to 12 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. It opened its doors on September 6, 2017. For more information, visit www.csfp.nl.ca/rdn.
École des Grands-Vents, 65 Ridge Rd, St. John’s
OPEN TO MEDIA—During the presentation
MEDIA CONTACT: Patrick Bourdeau, acting principal, 709-754-8000, pbourdeau@csfp.nl.ca

4 p.m.
Presentation of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers

Her Excellency will present the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers (SMV) to two citizens of Newfoundland-Labrador.
Government House, 50 Military Road, St. John’s
PHOTO OP—During the presentation of honours. The recipients’ citations and background information on the SMV are attached.

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Media information:

Julie Rocheleau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-302-0249 (cell)
julie.rocheleau@gg.ca

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RECIPIENTS AND CITATIONS
SOVEREIGN’S MEDAL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Mrs. Helen Cleary-Escott
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Helen Cleary-Escott fosters youth development and establishes programs that benefit diverse socio-economic backgrounds through her volunteerism with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, Easter Seals House and the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. She also volunteers with St. Mark’s Anglican Church and the Church Lads’ Brigade.

Lieutenant-Colonel Thomas Frederick McGrath, O.M.M., M.S.M., C.D. (deceased)
St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador

Tom McGrath volunteered with the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award program for more than 30 years at both the provincial and national levels. In various roles on the national board—including that of president—he empowered young Canadians across the country and fostered organizational partnerships.

 

About the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers
The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the remarkable volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields. As an official Canadian honour, the Medal pays tribute to the dedication and exemplary commitment of volunteers. For more information or to nominate a deserving volunteer, visit caring.gg.ca.