Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

June 11, 2008 11:00 ET

The Governor General Proudly Accepts to Be the Patron of the 2008 World Youth Congress in the City of Quebec

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 11, 2008) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, has accepted to be the honorary patron of the 4th World Youth Congress to be held from August 10 to 21, 2008, in the City of Quebec.

Her Excellency will play an important role by officially launching the Congress on August 11, where 600 participants will gather for the opening ceremony. She will also be the keynote speaker for the opening plenary to take place on August 12. A public video message, giving an overview of the Governor General's priorities for youth and her commitment to this international event, can be viewed on the Citizen Voices Web site at www.citizenvoices.gg.ca.

About the Governor General's Youth Program

Young people are one of the Governor General's priorities. In 2006, she created the Citizen Voices Web site, a place for dialogue, debate and discussion forums on the challenges Canadians are facing, especially young people. She also established urban arts forums to illustrate how young artists from all backgrounds use urban arts (graffiti, hip hop, spoken word, dance, etc.) not only to fight exclusion, violence and crime, but also to make changes around them, in their neighbourhoods, cities and communities. These forums have taken place from one end of Canada to the other, as well as in Brazil and South Africa. They have resulted in new community initiatives, which, on more than one occasion, have encouraged entire communities to work together.

The Governor General recently launched a mentorship program that allows members of the Order of Canada-women and men from every discipline, recognized for their merit and remarkable contributions-to work with young people who are looking for role models and sources of inspiration.

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