Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

September 13, 2012 12:30 ET

Governor General to Visit Abitibi-Temiscamingue

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2012) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will visit Abitibi-Témiscamingue on September 17 and 18, 2012, during one of their regional visits taking them across the country to meet Canadians.

"This visit will give me the opportunity to honour some of the citizens of Val-d'Or and Rouyn-Noranda who have distinguished themselves through their altruism and involvement in their community," the Governor General stated. "As commander-in-chief, I will also be meeting with members of the Canadian Forces who are in the region to take part in a search and rescue exercise."

The various engagements planned will allow Their Excellencies to learn more about the issues facing the citizens of that part of Abitibi-Témiscamingue and to discover some of the successful initiatives coming out of these communities.

Below is Their Excellencies' detailed itinerary during their visit:

Monday, September 17
Val-d'Or
8:45 a.m.
Canadian Forces Search and Rescue Exercise
Their Excellencies will meet with some of the 250 members of the Canadian Forces deployed to Val-d'Or as part of a search and rescue exercise (SAREX) taking place September 16 to 22. The Governor General will deliver remarks to the participants from five Canadian search and rescue squadrons from Comox, BC; Winnipeg, MB; Trenton, ON; Greenwood, NS; and Gander, NL, as well as three combat squadrons from Cold Lake, AB; Goose Bay, NL; and Bagotville, QC.
Club de Golf Le Belvédère, 360, boul. Sabourin
OPEN TO MEDIA
Media information: Andrea McKinley, 613-242-4728 or andrea.mckinley@forces.gc.ca.
9:15 a.m.
Courtesy call with the Deputy Mayor of Val-d'Or
Their Excellencies will meet with Ms. Céline Brindamour, Deputy Mayor of the City of Val-d'Or, to discuss some of the city's issues and successes. Val-d'Or is the second largest city in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, after Rouyn-Noranda, with a population of more than 31 800 inhabitants.
City Hall, 855 2nd Avenue
PHOTO OP - Upon the arrival of Their Excellencies
Media information: Isabelle Luneau, 819-824-9613, ext. 2252 or isabelle.luneau@ville.valdor.qc.ca.
10 a.m.
Round table on the development of the region and its various partnerships between the City of Val-d'Or and its surroundings, the private and public sectors, and Aboriginal nations (Cree and Algonquin)
Their Excellencies will take part in a discussion that will familiarize them with various partnership programs designed to improve the region's economic conditions. The discussion will provide an overview of the region and touch on some of its challenges, strengths and successes, as well as the projects and partnerships that have strengthened support networks. The Governor General will deliver a few remarks following the discussion.
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, First Peoples Pavilion
OPEN TO MEDIA
Media information: Isabelle Luneau, 819-824-9613, ext. 2252 or isabelle.luneau@ville.valdor.qc.ca.
11:30 a.m.
Visit to the Val-d'Or Native Friendship Centre
Their Excellencies will visit the Val-d'Or Native Friendship Centre, a community organization offering a wide range of services to meet the needs of a diverse clientele united by its Aboriginal identity. Their Excellencies will visit the Centre and meet with members of the staff, board of directors and Aboriginal community.
The Val-d'Or Native Friendship Centre is a multi-service centre in a cosmopolitan town where different Aboriginal nations are present. A fixture of its community for nearly 40 years, the Centre is a member of a large movement of friendship centres across Quebec and Canada.
Val-d'Or Native Friendship Centre, 1272 7th Street
PHOTO OP - Upon the arrival of Their Excellencies
Media information: Édith Cloutier, 819-825-8299, ext. 230 or edith.cloutier@caavd.ca.
1:30 p.m.
Visit to Technobois S.O.S Emploi (Abitibi-Est), an occupational integration company
Their Excellencies will visit Technobois, an occupational integration company specializing in wood processing. They will meet with the program organizers and with workers striving to develop the skills and abilities they need to obtain and maintain employment or to return to their studies.
Technobois helps people aged 18 and older integrate into the job market or return to their studies. Founded in 1997, Technobois is the only occupational integration company in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region. Over the past 15 years, 600 young people aged 16 to 30 have worked there. For more information, visit www.technoboisabitibi.com.
Technobois, 700 Forest Blvd.
OPEN TO MEDIA
Media information: Stéphane Audy, 819-824-2647 or stephane.audy@technoboisabitibi.com.
3 p.m.
Visit to Abitibi Geophysics Inc.
Their Excellencies will visit one of the largest companies in Canada working in the field of applied geophysics to mineral exploration. They will visit laboratories equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and learn about tools that have been developed to better explore the subsurface.
Abitibi Geophysics Inc. is dedicated to providing optimum quality geophysical sampling, processing and analysis to help its clients find precious and base metals, diamonds, uranium and other mineral resources. For more information, visit www.ageophysics.com.
Abitibi Geophysics Inc., 1746 Sullivan Road
OPEN TO MEDIA
Media information: Pierre Bérubé, 819-874-8800 or pberube@ageophysics.com.
5:15 p.m.
Community gathering in honour of Their Excellencies and presentation of Caring Canadian Awards
Their Excellencies will meet with citizens of Val-d'Or. The Governor General will sign the city's guest book and present the Caring Canadian Award to four residents of Val-d'Or during the event. The list of recipients and their citations are attached to this news release.
Val-d'Or Cultural Centre, 600 73rd Street
OPEN TO MEDIA
Media information: Isabelle Luneau, 819-824-9613, ext. 2252 or isabelle.luneau@ville.valdor.qc.ca.
Tuesday, September 18
Rouyn-Noranda
9:15 a.m.
Courtesy call with the Mayor of Rouyn-Noranda
Their Excellencies will meet with His Worship Mario Provencher, Mayor of Rouyn-Noranda, to discuss the many social, cultural, environmental and economic issues facing the city. Both a university town and a cultural hub, Rouyn-Noranda is the largest city in Abitibi-Témiscamingue, with a population of approximately 43 000 inhabitants.
City Hall, 100 Taschereau Street East
PHOTO OP - Upon the arrival of Their Excellencies
Media information: Bertrand Boucher, 819-797-7113 or bertrand.boucher@rouyn-noranda.ca.
10 a.m.
Visit to the Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) and to the Centre de technologie des résidus industriels (CTRI)
Their Excellencies will visit UQAT's Institut de recherche en mines et en environnement and the Institut des forêts, and will discuss the circumstances and challenges of this university, notably with Ms. Johanne Jean, President of UQAT.
The Governor General and Mrs. Johnston will then visit the CTRI's laboratories, located at the Cégep de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue, where they will speak with Mr. Ahcène Bourihane, Director General of the CTRI, and with researchers from the Centre to learn more about the various technological innovation projects in the primary industrial niches of the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region.
For more information about UQAT and the CTRI, visit www.uqat.ca and www.cegepat.qc.ca (French only) respectively.
UQAT, 445 Université Boulevard, and CTRI, 425 du Collège Boulevard
PHOTO OP - Upon the arrival of Their Excellencies at UQAT and at the CTRI
Media information: Stéphanie Duchesne, UQAT, 819-762-0971, ext. 2222 or
stephanie.duchesne@uqat.ca and Annic Frigon, CTRI, 819-762-0931 ext. 1120 or Annic.Frigon@cegepat.qc.ca.
1 p.m.
Discussion with members of the Neighbours Regional Association of Rouyn-Noranda and with Francophone partners
Their Excellencies will speak with members of this association, which serves the Anglophone population of Rouyn-Noranda, to learn more about the various initiatives developed jointly with its partners to forge ties between Anglophones and Francophones and to encourage collaboration between these two groups to benefit the entire community.
Incorporated in 2004, the Neighbours Regional Association is a community, volunteer-based organization committed to strengthening networks within the English- and French-speaking population, as well as encouraging community development initiatives. For more information, visit www.neighbours-rouyn-noranda.ca.
95 8th Street
OPEN TO MEDIA
Media information: Sharleen Sullivan, 819-762-0882 or neighbours@cablevision.qc.ca.
2:15 p.m.
Discussion with members of the Fondation communautaire de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue
The Governor General will meet with members of the board of directors and governors of the Fondation communautaire de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue to discuss the establishment of the foundation and the overall positive impact that philanthropy has on a community.
OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY
Official Activity of Her Excellency Sharon Johnston
2:15 p.m.
Discussion on mental health and visit to Le Pont
Her Excellency Sharon Johnston will meet with people working in the field of mental health. She will then meet individuals with mental health problems who use the day centre and benefit from its services. She will be invited to take part in various workshops offered by Le Pont that day.
Le Pont contributes to psychosocial rehabilitation as well as social and professional integration of its clientele through various activity programs such as a support service in the living environment and adapted shelter services to promote the recovery of a person with a mental health problem and optimal autonomy. For more information, visit www.le-pont.ca (French only).
CLOSED TO MEDIA
3:30 p.m.
Visit to the Xstrata Copper Canada Horne Foundry
The Governor General will visit the Xstrata Copper Canada Horne Foundry to learn more about the techniques for processing copper and recycling metals.
Xstrata is one of the world's largest mining and metals companies. Operating in more than 20 countries, it employs more than 70 000 people globally. For more information, visit www.xstrata.com.
101 Portelance Avenue
PHOTO OP - Upon the arrival of His Excellency
Media information: Mireille Grenier, 819-762-7764 ext. 2012 or mgrenier@xstratacopper.ca.
5:15 p.m.
Community gathering in honour of Their Excellencies and presentation of Caring Canadian Awards
Their Excellencies will meet with citizens of Rouyn-Noranda during a community gathering. The Governor General will deliver brief remarks and present the Caring Canadian Award to three residents of Rouyn-Noranda. The list of recipients and their citations are attached to this news release.
City Hall, 100 Taschereau Street East
OPEN TO MEDIA
Media information: Bertrand Boucher, 819-797-7113 or bertrand.boucher@rouyn-noranda.ca.

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CARING CANADIAN AWARD RECIPIENTS AND CITATIONS

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 www.gg.ca/caring.

Marielle Montreuil and Jacqueline Gaignard

Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec

For nearly 25 years, Marielle Montreuil and Jacqueline Gaignard have been providing moral and tangible support to the families of Abitibi-Témiscamingue whose lives have been affected by Alzheimer's disease. Founders of the regional Alzheimer Society of Rouyn-Noranda, they have become the resource people with respect to this disease, informing, orienting and educating those living with Alzheimer's, their families, and health professionals. Their perseverance has given hope to hundreds of people affected by this disease.

Jean-Charles Coutu

Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec

Since 1962, Jean-Charles Coutu has been dedicated to his community. He is, notably, a founding member of the Conseil de Bien-Être de Rouyn-Noranda, which works to improve the quality of education and health care services in the community, and he was instrumental in the creation of a psychiatric care facility serving northwestern Quebec. Also engaged in the cultural development of his region, Mr. Coutu has been a driving force behind several community festivals including, among others, the Festival des guitares du monde de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

Guy Boisvert

Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec

For more than 40 years, Guy Boisvert has generously given of his time to a number of causes. He was founding president of a minor league hockey club, long-time member of the Optimists Club and, more recently, president of the Club de l'âge d'or d'Évain. For years, he has been the organizer behind community social events, leading various teams of volunteers, to raise funds for charitable causes. Mr. Boisvert's community spirit, energy and engagement are an inspiration to his peers.

Georges Michaud

Val-d'Or, Quebec

For many years, Georges Michaud has engaged in the life of his community, including as president of the recreational committee of the Club de l'âge d'or de Val-Senneville (now amalgamated with Val-d'Or). He also served as commander of the Air Cadets' 728 Squadron La Vérendrye de Val-d'Or. More recently, Mr. Michaud has been involved with the organization of the Salon des générations de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

Marcelle Sweet

Val-d'Or, Quebec

A teacher by profession, Marcelle Sweet has helped to expand the horizons of the citizens of Val-d'Or through her leadership of initiatives that promote education, the arts and, most of all, music. She is a member of the Friends of the Conservatoire de musique de Val-d'Or and the president of the Société d'art lyrique de l'Abitibi-Témiscamingue. Now retired, Ms. Sweet teaches English as a second language at the Réseau libre savoir and hosts TV programs in her region.

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