Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

November 26, 2012 13:25 ET

Governor General to Visit Montreal and Present the Diamond Jubilee Medal and Caring Canadian Award

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 26, 2012) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be in Montréal on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. During his visit, he will present the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award to deserving Canadians from various walks of life. He will also deliver a keynote address at the Canada Chinese Business Council's (CCBC) 34th Annual General Meeting & Policy Conference.

Below is the Governor General's itinerary:

Tuesday, November 27
Montréal, Quebec
2:15 p.m.
Presentation of the Diamond Jubilee Medal and Caring Canadian Award
During this ceremony, the Diamond Jubilee Medal will be presented to nine recipients who have dedicated themselves to their fellow citizens, their community and their country. The Caring Canadian Award will also be presented to 24 recipients who have volunteered their time to help others and to build a smarter, more caring nation.
The names of the Caring Canadian Award recipients and their citations are attached. The names and citations of the Diamond Jubilee Medal recipients will be released on the day of the ceremony.
Manège militaire du Mont-Royal, 3721 Henri-Julien Avenue
8 p.m.
CCBC's 34th Annual General Meeting & Policy Conference
On this occasion, His Excellency will deliver a keynote address entitled "Beyond Trade: Learning and the Canada-China Relationship." This annual conference brings together business leaders from across Canada and China, and focuses on the progress made in Canada's bilateral economic relationship with China. For more information, please visit
Grand Salon, Hyatt Regency Montreal, 1255 Jeanne-Mance Street
OPEN TO MEDIA - Speech only

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André Aubert
Trois-Rivières, Quebec
For his long engagement in sporting, civic and social endeavours in his community.
Yolande Bédard Boutin
Saint-Damien, Quebec
For her generous contributions to civic, religious and environmental causes for over 30 years, notably as the founder of the Club Marguerite d'Youville, in Montréal East.
Claude Gagnon
Disraeli, Quebec
For his role as an advocate for his region (La région de l'Amiante).
Rita Anne and Bruce Neil Garland
Montréal, Quebec
For their commitment to promoting learning and for their many years as volunteers with St-Mary's Hospital, in Montréal.
Maurice Gaudreau
L'Assomption, Quebec
For supporting youth, notably through the Navy Cadets.
Ginette Gauvreau
Trois-Rivières, Quebec
For supporting Haitian orphans and the Canadian families who have adopted them.
Jean-Paul Gignac
Saint-Félix-de-Valois, Quebec
For his 50 years of engagement in civic, sporting and social causes in his community, notably as the founding member of l'Inter-Club de sport des communautés des Basses-Laurentides.
Normand-Guy Goudreau
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec
For his long and unwavering support for veterans.
Chief Warrant Officer Geoffrey David Greer (Ret'd)
Châteauguay, Quebec
As a volunteer for over 40 years with organizations such as the Anglican Church, the Scouts, a veterans hospital and the Red Cross.
Gabriel Groulx
Saint-Laurent, Quebec
For his civic engagement and his contributions to securing funding for health care services.
James Donald Hindley
Beaconsfield, Quebec
For his contributions to youth, notably through the Quebec Society for Disabled Children.
George Hines
Saint-Lazare, Quebec
For his long and dedicated work as a volunteer for the Montréal General Hospital.
Brother Fabien Landry
Laval, Quebec
For his work in support of Haiti's children, notably orphans and those suffering from HIV/AIDS.
Martin Longchamps
Repentigny, Quebec
For his almost 20 years of engagement as a volunteer with minor hockey in Quebec.
Maura McKeon
Westmount, Quebec
For her long-standing compassion towards society's most vulnerable, and for the home-cooked food hampers she makes for them.
Menelaos Pavlides
Montréal, Quebec
For his long service in the Scouting movement, notably within Canada's Greek community.
Marcel Poirier
Saint-Sauveur, Quebec
For his work to help protect our environment.
Florent Portron
Montréal, Québec
For his work as a first responder, providing volunteer first aid services in his community.
Madeleine Robitaille
LaSalle, Quebec
For her 50 years of volunteering for the LaSalle Hospital.
Linda Chernin Rosenblatt
Montréal, Quebec
For her 35 years of support for cancer patients and their families, notably through the Cedars Cancer Institute.
Philippe Saint-Cyr
Brossard, Quebec
For his pioneering role, as an internationally renowned champion weightlifter, in the development of the sport, and for his unpaid work in a variety of federations at the regional, provincial, national and international levels.
Lieutenant-Colonel Okill Stuart (Ret'd)
Saint-Lambert, Quebec
For his long commitment to promoting our country's heritage, notably Canada's role in the Second World War.
Lise Julien Viau
Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague, Quebec
For her sustained and generous commitment to her community, wherever she has seen a need, for over 45 years.

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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