Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

July 17, 2012 13:39 ET

Governor General to Attend Launch of Smart and Caring Community Fund in Victoria

Will Also be Invested as Honorary Chief Commissioner of Canadian Coast Guard

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 17, 2012) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be in Victoria, British Columbia, on Thursday, July 19, 2012, to participate in the launch of the Victoria Foundation's Smart & Caring Community Fund and will present the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award to community members. Earlier in the day, His Excellency will also be invested as honorary chief commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG).

"I'm pleased that the Community Foundations of Canada is rising up to my challenge of building a smart and caring nation for our country's 150th anniversary in 2017 by launching Smart & Caring Community Funds across the country, " said His Excellency. "I'm delighted to attend the launch of the Smart & Caring Community Fund in Victoria, which will support critical priorities, key projects or ongoing needs within the community, thanks to the Victoria Foundation. By joining our forces together we are working on building a Canada where every Canadian community is served by a community foundation by 2017."

His Excellency added: "I'm also very honoured to follow in the footsteps of my predecessors who, since 1976, have been invested as honorary chief commissioner of the CCG. The men and women of the CCG have been ensuring safe and accessible waterways for Canadians for 50 years. I commend their work and accomplishments in reaching this important milestone."

Below is the day's itinerary (PDT):

9:30 a.m.

Honorary Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard Investiture Ceremony

In the presence of Their Honours the Honourable Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, and Mrs. Gwendolyn Point, His Excellency will deliver remarks and be invested as the honorary chief commissioner of the CCG by Deputy Commissioner Jody Thomas, during a ceremony at Government House. To mark the CCG's 50th anniversary, the Governor General will present the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to representatives from Fisheries and Oceans Canada and from the CCG in recognition of their significant contributions and achievements.

Government House, Victoria


2:15 p.m.

Launch of the Smart &Caring Community Fund by the Victoria Foundation and Presentation of the Caring Canadian Award

As patron of the Community Foundations of Canada, His Excellency will attend the launch of the Victoria Foundation's Smart & Caring Community Fund. The fund will focus on physical literacy, which provides young children with the skills and confidence to establish the groundwork for lifelong health and well-being. Leading up to 2017, community foundations across Canada are answering the Governor General's call to service to connect the country by establishing Smart & Caring Community Funds across Canada. The funds will give communities the flexibility they need to take advantage of local opportunities and to help make them the smart and caring places they can become.

On this occasion, the Governor General will deliver a speech and also present the Caring Canadian Award to 10 deserving volunteers. The names of the recipients and their citations are attached.

Pacific Institute of Sports Excellence, Camosun College Interurban Campus, 4371 Interurban Road, Victoria


About the Canadian Coast Guard

The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) owns and operates the federal government's civilian fleet, and provides key maritime services to Canadians. As a special operating agency of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), the CCG helps DFO meet its responsibility to ensure safe and accessible waterways for Canadians. The CCG also plays a key role in ensuring the sustainable use and development of Canada's oceans and waterways. For more information, visit

About the Victoria Foundation and the Community Foundations of Canada

The Victoria Foundation is a community foundation and a registered charity accredited by Imagine Canada. By connecting visionary donors with causes that truly matter, it invests in people, projects and non-profit organizations that make communities stronger - now and for the future. For more information, visit

The Community Foundations of Canada is the national membership association of the country's 183 community foundations. These organizations have connected donors to community needs and opportunities since 1921, and are one of the country's largest supporters of local charities. For more information, visit

About the Caring Canadian Award

Created in 1995, the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. Often working behind the scenes, these individuals volunteer their time and efforts to help their fellow citizens. The award also brings to light the example set by volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are a part of our Canadian character. For more information about this award, visit

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Charles Robert Burkett
North Saanich, British Columbia

Chuck Burkett was appointed to the board of the Victoria Foundation in 2004. He oversaw important amendments to the group's legislation that have enhanced the Foundation's ability to stabilize and sustain annual funding. As well, he was a founding board member and treasurer of Arts Sustainability Victoria. He currently serves as a director of the Victoria commandery of the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller.

R. Thomas (Tom) Burley
Victoria, British Columbia

Tom Burley has been a volunteer with the Victoria Foundation since 1997, serving in various roles and participating in several key initiatives. For over 30 years, he contributed his talents to the Victoria chapter of Ducks Unlimited Canada, first as its treasurer and then as chair. He has also taken on volunteer leadership roles with many other non-profit organizations.

Betty Anne Devitt
Cowichan Valley, British Columbia

For nearly 25 years, six days a week, Betty Anne Devitt has provided food hampers and meals to the most vulnerable people in her community as a volunteer member of the board of the Cowichan Valley Basket Society.

Gwyn Frayne
Courtenay, British Columbia

Gwyn Frayne has made a tremendous contribution to her community by helping to improve health care services and access to affordable housing. She is also the founder of a soup kitchen and served as executive director of the Crisis Line in Courtenay.

Lydia Kasianchuk
Victoria, British Columbia

Lydia Kasianchuk has contributed her time to a large number of organizations, including Arts Sustainability Victoria, Metchosin International Summer School for the Arts, and the West Coast Children's Choral Society, among others. In 1982, she was one of four founding members of the Victoria chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Currently, she provides comfort and support to terminally ill residents of the Victoria Hospice, and serves as a community advisor with the Victoria Foundation.

Keith Pattinson
Delta, British Columbia

Keith Pattinson has been devoted to his community for nearly 50 years. The founder of a local youth club, he developed innovative services and approaches, and mutual support networks to assist teens and street kids, as well as families dealing with child-raising issues.

Herbert C. Pitts
Victoria, British Columbia

Retired Major General Herb Pitts dedicated himself for over 30 years to a number of causes, among them Big Brothers Big Sisters, Scouts and Cadets. He also contributed to the commemoration of national heritage, and the support of Canadian Forces personnel and veterans, as a life governor of the Dominion of Canada Rifle Association.

Jim H. Reed
Victoria, British Columbia

Jim Reed was executive vice-president of the 1994 Victoria Commonwealth Games. He contributed to the establishment of the $15-million Canada Commonwealth Legacy Fund (CCLF), which provides resources for high-performance sport training. He played an instrumental role in establishing organizations that combine education, high-performance training, community sport development and research.

Marie Therese Scott
Nainamo, British Columbia

For over 32 years, Marie Therese Scott has volunteered with the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, spending much of that time on the children's ward. Mrs. Scott has shown a deep commitment to this work, assisting residents and their families, and making herself available wherever there is the greatest need.

Anne Waterhouse
Saanichton, British Columbia

Anne Waterhouse served on the board of Victoria Riding for the Disabled (VRDA) for a number of years. VRDA is a charity that uses horseback riding as a recognized therapeutic aid for people with a wide range of physical, intellectual and learning disabilities. She helped purchase and renovate a property for the exclusive use of the foundation.

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