Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

February 07, 2013 10:11 ET

Governor General to Stay at the Citadelle of Quebec

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 7, 2013) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will stay at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec, from February 9 to 14, 2013.

Their Excellencies will take part in outdoor activities during the Québec Winter Carnival. To encourage and support organizations that improve people's well-being through their activities or research, Their Excellencies will visit the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec and the Le Pavois organization. They will meet with elementary school students, who will tell Their Excellencies about their interests in art and technology. Finally, Their Excellencies will have a discussion with Quebeckers who place great importance on philanthropy, and attend a game at the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament, at which the Governor General will perform the ceremonial puck drop.

"It always gives Sharon and me great pleasure to visit the beautiful City of Québec, especially when the Winter Carnival is underway," said his Excellency. "We will take advantage of our time in the city to meet with researchers, philanthropists, students and young athletes who, among others, will tell us about the subjects that matter to them."

Below is Their Excellencies' detailed itinerary:

Saturday, February 9
City of Québec, Quebec
9:30 a.m.
Calgary Stampede Flapjack Breakfast (Québec Winter Carnival)
The Governor General and Mrs. Johnston will meet volunteers and then put on aprons to help serve some of the 3 000 free flapjack breakfasts provided by the City of Calgary delegation. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausages and good, hot coffee.
Place D'Youville
OPEN TO MEDIA
Contact for media: Pascale Grenier, 418-626-3716, ext. 220, or pascale.grenier@carnaval.qc.ca.
Sunday, February 10
City of Québec, Quebec
1:30 p.m.
Canoe Race Finals (Québec Winter Carnival)
Their Excellencies, accompanied by Bonhomme, the official mascot of the Winter Carnival, will drop the flag to start the finals of the men's elite canoe race on the frozen St. Lawrence River. For more information, please visit www.canotglace.org [in French only].
Louise Basin, Port of Québec, City of Québec
OPEN TO MEDIA
Contact for media: Pascale Grenier, 418-626-3716, ext. 220, or pascale.grenier@carnaval.qc.ca.
Tuesday, February 12
City of Québec, Quebec
8:45 a.m.
Visit to the Institut universitaire en santé mentale de Québec (IUSMQ)
Their Excellencies will visit the IUSMQ, a leader in the field of mental health that is affiliated with the Université Laval. It provides adults with quality, specialized care and services that focus on their recovery, social integration and quality of life. Researchers from the institute will provide Their Excellencies with an overview of their research, especially in sexology and high-tech areas like neurophotonics. During this same event, Their Excellencies will visit the Superior Court of Québec facilities, which are next to the institute, and the Vincent et moi gallery. For more information, please visit www.institutsmq.qc.ca [in French only].
2601 Chemin de la Canardière
PHOTO OP - Upon the arrival of Their Excellencies
Contact for media: IUSMQ Communication Services, 418-663-5000, ext. 480, or communications@institutsmq.qc.ca.
11:30 a.m.
Visit to Le Pavois
Their Excellencies will learn more about the mental health services provided by Le Pavois during a visit to its facilities and at a meeting with members who are benefiting from the organization's services. After this discussion, Their Excellencies will go snowshoeing with members of the Club Hors-Piste, an outdoor sports activity club for people between the ages of 18 to 35 who are recovering from a mental health problem. For more information, please visit www.lepavois.org [in French only].
Le Pavois, 2380 Mont-Thabor Avenue and Ski de fond Charlesbourg, 375 de L'aventure Street
PHOTO OP - Upon the arrival of Their Excellencies (at 11:30 a.m.) and during the activity with members of the Club Hors-Piste (at 1:45 p.m.)
Contact for media: Francine Cyr, 418-627-9779 or f.cyr@lepavois.org.
Wednesday, February 13
City of Québec, Quebec
10 a.m.
Visit to Everest Elementary School
Their Excellencies will visit the Anglophone Everest Elementary School, where students will present-through short demonstrations and videos-their ArtsSmarts projects. These include a dancing robot, creating a science fiction film and designing a book on the history of the city of La Tuque. The Governor General and Mrs. Johnston will also attend musical performances by students in other schools from the Central Québec School Board participating in the ArtsSmarts program. A few hundred students from various schools in the Québec and Mauricie regions will attend this event.
2280 Laverdière Street
OPEN TO MEDIA
Contact for media: Sandra Griffin, Central Québec School Board, 418-688-8730, ext. 3010 or griffins@cqsb.qc.ca; Frances Shakov, ArtsSmarts, 416-484-1882, ext. 111 or fshakov@artssmarts.ca.
5:15 p.m.
Grand Opening of the New Institut Mallet Facilities
Their Excellencies will participate in the grand opening of the new facilities at the Institut Mallet. An announcement regarding philanthropy will be made during the event and the Governor General will deliver remarks. The Institut Mallet strives to be an incubator for ideas to help advance and coordinate the promotion of philanthropic culture and thinking in society. For more information, please visit www.institutmallet.org [in French only].
945 Sœurs-de-la-Charité Street
OPEN TO MEDIA
Contact for media: Marie Morneau, 418-580-1984 or marie@mariemorneau.com.
Thursday, February 14
City of Québec, Quebec
9:30 a.m.
Presentation of Credentials
His Excellency will receive the credentials of the new ambassador of the Republic of Columbia and the new high commissioner for the Republic of Malta. Credentials are the official documents by which new heads of diplomatic missions are presented by their head of State as their official representative. Currently, there are more than 140 heads of diplomatic missions accredited to Canada.
The Citadelle of Québec, Quebec
OPEN TO MEDIA
Contact for media: Marie-Pierre Bélanger, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-998-9166 or marie-pierre.belanger@gg.ca.
12:45 p.m.
United Way Conference Dinner: Philanthropists from Generation to Generation
Their Excellencies attend the United Way conference dinner, featuring keynote speakers Michel Dallaire, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cominar, and Andrew Molson, Chairman of the RES PUBLICA Consulting Group. Inspired by questions from the emcee, Françoise Guénette, Mr. Dallaire and Mr. Molson will talk about the philanthropic culture that has been at the heart of their families for years.
Grand Salon du Pavillon Desjardins, Université Laval
OPEN TO MEDIA
Contact for media: Diane Aertgeets, 418-660-9640, ext. 250, or daertgeets@centraide-quebec.com.
6 p.m.
Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament
The Governor General will perform the ceremonial puck drop at the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament game between the Québec Citadelles and the Mille-Îles Seigneurs. His Excellency will meet with players from both teams before the game and then stay to watch. For more information, please visit www.tournoipee-wee.qc.ca/en/index.html.
Quebec Pepsi Coliseum, 250 Wilfrid-Hamel Boulevard
OPEN TO MEDIA
Contact for media: Patrick Dom, 418-524-3311 or patrick@tournoipee-wee.qc.ca.

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Contact Information

  • Media information:
    Ottawa:
    Julie Rocheleau
    Rideau Hall Press Office
    613-998-7280
    julie.rocheleau@gg.ca

    City of Quebec:
    Joanne Charrette
    Official Spokesperson to the Governor General
    613-852-5364 (cell.)
    joanne.charette@gg.ca