Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

October 11, 2012 08:34 ET

Governor General to be Honoured at Queen's University Alumni Awards Gala

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 11, 2012) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will visit Kingston, on Saturday, October 13, 2012, and meet with city representatives, community members, volunteers and students during a full day of activities.

"Going back to Kingston, where I studied and taught law at Queen's University, will surely bring back a lot of great memories," said the Governor General. "But I am mostly looking forward to meeting with the people of Kingston and learning about fruitful initiatives that have helped the community evolve over the past few years."

The day of events will include a visit to a house built by Habitat for Humanity in Bath, near Kingston; meetings with the city's representatives; and a working lunch to discuss current issues with leaders of the community. Then, at Queen's University, the Governor General will give a lecture, participate in a discussion with law students and will be honoured during an alumni gala.

Here is a detailed schedule of the day's activities:

Saturday, October 13
Bath, Ontario
10 a.m.
Visit to Habitat for Humanity Build
The Governor General will visit a Habitat for Humanity build site and meet some of the volunteers-including high school students, St. Lawrence College mentors, and inmates who helped build the house. His Excellency will also have the chance to meet with the future owners. For more information about Habitat for Humanity in Kingston, visit
126 & 128 Sir John Johnson Drive, Bath
Media information: John Alkenbrack, 613-548-8763 or
Saturday, October 13
Kingston, Ontario
11:05 a.m.
Courtesy Call with the Mayor of Kingston
His Excellency will meet with His Worship Mark Gerretsen, Mayor of Kingston, to discuss the challenges and successes of the city.
City Hall
PHOTO OP - Upon the arrival of His Excellency at City Hall
Media information: Cindie Ashton, 613-329-3462 or
11:35 a.m.
Informal Meeting with Kingston's City Councillors
The Governor General will meet with city councillors to discuss community issues.
12 p.m.
Working Lunch with Kingston Community Leaders
His Excellency will participate in a working lunch with Kingston community leaders to discuss current issues.
2 p.m.
Queen's University Principal's Distinguished Visitor Lecture
The Governor General will deliver a speech on the challenges and opportunities facing students and society today, while highlighting the importance of innovation in times of change. He will then participate in a question period.
Queen's University, Grant Hall
Media information : Michael Onesi, 613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or
3 p.m.
Discussion with Queen's University Law Students
His Excellency will engage in a discussion with Queen's law faculty students. Following the discussion, the Governor General will officially open the faculty's new student lounge.
Queen's University, Macdonald Hall, Room 001 and Student Lounge
Media information : Michael Onesi, 613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or
7 p.m.
Queen's University 7th Alumni Awards Gala
The Governor General will receive the Alumni Achievement Award from the Queen's University Alumni Association as part of their Alumni Volunteer Summit. His Excellency will deliver remarks on this occasion.
Queen's University, Ban Righ Dining Hall
Media information : Michael Onesi, 613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or

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