Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

August 01, 2014 12:13 ET

Governor General to Visit New Brunswick on the Occasion of the Congres mondial acadien

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 1, 2014) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be in New Brunswick from August 6 to 8, 2014. During his visit, he will attend the opening ceremonies of the 5th Congrès mondial acadien, in Edmundston, and will participate in other official functions and events across the province.

"I'm looking forward to visiting New Brunswick on the occasion of the Congrès mondial acadien, as this festival of Acadian culture and history will gather thousands of Acadians from all over the world," said His Excellency. "It is a wonderful opportunity to remember our Canadian history and to celebrate the importance of our heritage together. I will also be conducting visits in other regions of the province to recognize the efforts and the generosity of individuals and organizations who are giving back to their communities through leadership, philanthropy and volunteerism."

Below is His Excellency's detailed itinerary (Atlantic Daylight Time):

Wednesday, August 6

Saint John, New Brunswick

9 a.m.

Meeting with Mayor of the City of Saint John

His Excellency will meet with His Worship Mel K. Norton, Mayor of the City of Saint John. Following the meeting, he will sign City Hall's guest book and participate in a discussion with members of the Common Council.

Mayor's Office and Ludlow Room, City Hall, Saint John

PHOTO OP-At the beginning of meetings with the Mayor and council members, and during the signing of the guest book

MEDIA CONTACT: Christopher W. Dever, Executive Assistant, Mayor's Office, 506-649-7965, christopher.dever@saintjohn.ca

9:45 a.m.

Visit with the Backyard Book Club and Presentation of the Caring Canadian Award

The Governor General will participate in writing, reading and vocabulary activities with students from Hazen White-St. Francis School who attend the Backyard Book Club at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Saint John. Following the educational activities, His Excellency will present the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award to two deserving volunteers. The names of the recipients and their citations are listed below.

His Excellency will then read a story to the students, and speak with UNB Saint John student volunteers on how they can further enhance and promote this literacy initiative within the community.

The Backyard Book Club is a summer literacy program offered to the students of Hazen White-St. Francis School. The club meets once a week throughout the summer, thanks to the efforts of over 30 UNB Saint John student volunteers. The program is structured to help prevent summer learning loss and to allow students from kindergarten to Grade 5 to return to school in September with a sense of confidence and pride in their literacy abilities. For more information, visit www.unb.ca/saintjohn/promise/programs/bookclub.html.

Created in 1995, the Caring Canadian Award recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made significant, sustained, unpaid contributions to their community, in Canada or abroad. Often working behind the scenes, these individuals volunteer their time and efforts to help their fellow citizens. It also sheds light on the example set by volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are a part of our Canadian character. For more information, visit www.gg.ca/caring.

University of New Brunswick, Saint John

OPEN TO MEDIA

MEDIA CONTACT: Heather Campbell, Communications and Marketing, University of New Brunswick, 506-648-5697, hcampel@unb.ca

Wednesday, August 6

St. Andrews, New Brunswick

12:30 p.m.

Launch of the Fundy Community Foundation's (FCF) Smart & Caring Community Funds

Leading up to 2017, community foundations from all across Canada are answering the Governor General's call to service and connecting the country by establishing Smart & Caring Community Funds specifically to respond to local priorities. As patron of Community Foundations of Canada, His Excellency will deliver a keynote address at the launch of the FCF's Smart & Caring Community Funds, which will allow the Foundation to direct grants in support of environmental initiatives and sports for children. Mr. Lance Howard, President of the FCF, will then invite an individual to share a testimonial on how his organization has benefited from this fund.

The FCF is a locally run public foundation that builds and manages endowment funds to support charitable activities in Charlotte County, in New Brunswick. Since 1993, the Foundation has provided over one million dollars in grants to hundreds of local programs and projects, providing financial support that sustains a strong and vibrant community. For more information, visit www.fcf.nb.ca.

Algonquin Resort, St. Andrews

OPEN TO MEDIA-Speeches only

MEDIA CONTACT: Sandy Thurber, Executive Director, Fundy Community Foundation, 506-529-4896, fundycf@nb.aibn.com

Wednesday, August 6

St. Stephen, New Brunswick

2:45 p.m.

Visit of the Milltown Super Duper Fun Fun Fun Camp

Upon his arrival, His Excellency will be greeted by Ms. Heather Bell-Williams, Principal of Milltown Elementary School and Ms. Heather Estey, Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Charlotte County (BGCCC), as well as by two campers. They will accompany the Governor General on a tour of this free summer enhancement camp offered to 20 deserving at-risk-youth between the ages of 5 to 11. His Excellency will have the opportunity to participate in craft and culinary activities with the campers, and speak with them about the benefits of the program and the personal goals they seek to achieve.

The summer camp was made possible through a partnership between the town of St. Stephen, the Milltown Elementary School and the BGCCC, and with funding provided by the Economic Social Inclusion Network, the Fundy Community Foundation, and other organizations. For more information, visit www.bgccc.ca.

434 Milltown Blvd, St. Stephen, New Brunswick

OPEN TO MEDIA

MEDIA CONTACT: Heather Estey, Executive Director, BGCCC, 506-466-4300 ext. 5, ed@bgccc.ca

Thursday, August 7

Fredericton, New Brunswick

9:30 a.m.

Vernissage of the Poppies4Peace Exhibit to Commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War

The Governor General, joined by Their Honours the Honourable Graydon Nicholas, Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, and Mrs. Elizabeth Nicholas will visit the art gallery of Government House, which will feature 100 canvases by artist Sheila MacPhee, each depicting a poppy in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the First World War. His Excellency and the Lieutenant Governor will offer remarks to guests on this occasion.

Government House, Fredericton

OPEN TO MEDIA

MEDIA CONTACT: Tim Richardson, Principal Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick and Chief of Staff, 506-453-2860, tim.richardson@gnb.ca

10:15 a.m.

Meeting with the Mayor of the City of Fredericton

His Excellency will meet with His Worship Brad Woodside, Mayor of the City of Fredericton, and Mrs. Anne Woodside. On this occasion, he will sign City Hall's guest book and meet with members of the municipal council.

City Hall, Fredericton

PHOTO OP-Upon His Excellency's arrival

MEDIA CONTACT: Wayne Knorr, Communications Manager, City of Fredericton, 506-460-2181, wayne.knorr@fredericton.ca

11 a.m.

Ceremonial Tree Planting

His Excellency, accompanied by the Mayor of the City of Fredericton and his spouse and members of the municipal council, will plant a tree to replace one of the trees that fell this past July during the post-tropical storm Arthur. The grove of trees was established under Canada's Green Plan Tree Planting Program; one of them was planted by the late Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, 24th governor general of Canada, on July 4, 1992, to honour New Brunswick members of the Order of Canada.

Between the Lighthouse and Crowne Plaza, along South Riverfront Trail, Fredericton

OPEN TO MEDIA

MEDIA CONTACT: Wayne Knorr, Communications Manager, City of Fredericton, 506-460-2181, wayne.knorr@fredericton.ca

Thursday, August 7

Moncton, New Brunswick

1:15 p.m.

Meeting with the Mayor of the City of Moncton

His Excellency will meet with His Worship George LeBlanc, Mayor of the City of Moncton, and sign the City's guest book in honour of his visit.

City Hall, Moncton

PHOTO OP-At the beginning of the meeting and during the signing of the guest book

MEDIA CONTACT: Isabelle LeBlanc, Director of Communications, City of Moncton, 506-863-4544, isabelle.leblanc@moncton.ca

1:30 p.m.

Presentation of the Governor General's Commendation for Outstanding Service

His Excellency will deliver a speech and present the Governor General's Commendation for Outstanding Service to the members of the RCMP Codiac Regional Detachment, and to the first responders and citizens of Moncton. This commendation is being presented in recognition of their professionalism, collaboration and solidarity during the tragic events of June 4, 2014, when three RCMP constables-Dave Ross, Fabrice Georges Gevaudan and Douglas James Larche-were killed in the line of duty. This type of commendation honours the exceptional contributions made by individuals or groups to their community.

Courtyard near City Hall, Moncton

OPEN TO MEDIA

MEDIA CONTACT: Isabelle LeBlanc, Director of Communications, City of Moncton, 506-863-4544, isabelle.leblanc@moncton.ca

Friday, August 8

Beau Lake, New Brunswick

8 a.m.

Three-Border Marker Ceremony of the 2014 Congrès mondial acadien

His Excellency, joined by other dignitaries and First Nations Elders, will arrive via canoe at the opening ceremonies of the Congrès mondial acadien, on the bank of Beau Lake, the meeting point of all three hosting regions of New Brunswick, Quebec and Maine. Upon his arrival, the Governor General will be greeted by Chief Patricia Bernard, of the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation. During a welcoming ceremony led by a Maliseet Elder, the Governor General will throw an offering onto the sacred fire in honour of the occasion and raise a ring indicating the four cardinal directions.

The Congrès mondial acadien is a gathering that takes place every five years and brings together Acadians from all around the world. A number of activities will take place throughout the congress, from August 8 to 24, 2014, in Acadia of the Lands and Forests, which includes several counties in northwestern New Brunswick, Aroostook County in Maine and the Témiscouata region in Quebec. The event relies on community involvement and promotes the area's culture, heritage and attractions. For more information, visit http://cma2014.com/en/.

Beau Lake

OPEN TO MEDIA-Official broadcaster only

MEDIA CONTACT: France Le Moignan, Communications Coordinator, Congrès mondial acadien, 506-737-2014, ext. 5436, france.le.moignan@cma2014.com

Friday, August 8

Edmundston, New Brunswick

12:30 p.m.

Luncheon Hosted by the Premier of New Brunswick

In honour of La Francophonie and the opening ceremonies of the Congrès mondial acadien, His Excellency and other dignitaries will attend a luncheon hosted by the Honourable David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick, and Mrs. Rhonda Alward. The Governor General and the Premier will deliver remarks on this occasion.

165 Hébert Blvd., Edmundston

OPEN TO MEDIA-Speeches only

2 p.m.

Meeting with the Premier of New Brunswick

The Governor General will meet with the Honourable David Alward, Premier of New Brunswick.

Collège communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, Edmundston

PHOTO OP-At the beginning of the meeting

2:45 p.m.

Meeting with the Mayor of the City of Edmundston

The Governor General will meet with His Worship Cyrille Simard, Mayor of the City of Edmundston, in honour of his visit.

MultiMEDIA Pavilion, Edmundston

PHOTO OP-At the beginning of the meeting

MEDIA CONTACT: Mychèle Poitras, Communications, City of Edmundston, 506-739-2115, communication@edmundston.ca

2:55 p.m.

Tour of the It's An Honour! Travelling Exhibit and Presentation of the Caring Canadian Award

His Excellency will deliver welcoming remarks to guests and present the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award to nine deserving volunteers from the Congrès mondial acadien. The names of the recipients and the citation are listed below. He will then visit It's An Honour!-a cross-Canada travelling exhibit- with the Mayor of Edmundston and recipients of the Caring Canadian Award.

The exhibit introduces visitors of all of ages to the Canadian Honours System, which recognizes people for their extraordinary achievement, bravery, valour and service. Mounted in a specially designed 1 000-square-foot vehicle, the interactive learning space features interpretative panels, multimedia elements and unique artifacts. The exhibit is in Edmundston on August 8 and 9, on the occasion of the Congrès mondial acadien, and as part of its journey through the Atlantic provinces in August and September. For more information, visit www.gg.ca/HonoursExhibit, or follow @HonoursExhibit on Facebook and Twitter.

MultiMEDIA Pavilion, Edmundston

OPEN TO MEDIA

MEDIA CONTACT: François Grenier, Travelling Exhibit Road Manager, 226-787-5667 francois.grenier@gomra.com

5 p.m.

Opening Ceremonies of the Congrès mondial acadien 2014

His Excellency, joined by other dignitaries, will attend the official opening ceremonies of the Congrès mondial acadien. The Governor General will deliver an address on this special occasion.

Scène Caisses populaires acadienne, Turgeon Park, Edmundston

OPEN TO MEDIA

MEDIA CONTACT: France Le Moignan, Communications Coordinator, Congrès mondial acadien, 506-737-2014, ext. 5436, france.le.moignan@cma2014.com

GOVERNOR GENERAL'S CARING CANADIAN AWARD RECIPIENTS AND CITATIONS

(Saint John, August 6, 2014)

Jennifer Brown

Saint John, New Brunswick

Jennifer Brown is a leader in community engagement. Through the University of New Brunswick (UNB)'s Promise Partnership, which provides support to youth in priority neighbourhoods in Saint John, she has supported the students of Hazen White-St. Francis School as an academic mentor, role model and athletics coach. She is also an active member of the UNB's Students' Representative Council.

Barbara Phillips

Grand Bay-Westfield, New Brunswick

Barbara Phillips has been an active community volunteer for the last 45 years. Her efforts have been primarily directed towards promoting education and helping families in need. She joined the River Valley Lions/Lioness Club in 1985, and was a Brownies and Beavers leader for 30 years. She has also supported the Grand Bay Baptist Church and the Grand Bay Recreation Department. Presently, she is one of the driving forces behind a project to create a retirement residence for low-income seniors.

(Edmundston, August 8, 2014)

Marielle Landry
Rivière-Bleue, Quebec
Anne Martin
Saint-Jacques, New Brunswick
Samuel Moreau
Packington, Quebec
Brigitte Morin
Dégelis, Quebec
Émilien Nadeau
Dégelis, Quebec
Lise Pelletier
Fort Kent, Maine, United States of America
Huguette Plourde
Saint-Léonard, Quebec
Nicole Plourde
Madawaska, Maine, United States of America
Normand Thériault
Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska, New Brunswick

Since 2008, communities in Quebec, New Brunswick and Maine have been working to prepare for the 2014 Congrès mondial acadien. Many volunteers have made important contributions, but a
few stand out. Émilien Nadeau and Normand Thériault, co-presidents of the Congrès, have led the organization of this complex, tri-border event. Marielle Landry has played a pivotal role in planning its opening ceremony. Anne Martin, Samuel Moreau, Brigitte Morin and Huguette Plourde have coordinated regional activities for their respective venues. Lise Pelletier and Nicole Plourde joined forces to prepare events taking place in Maine. Thanks to their efforts, and those of so many others, the Acadian diaspora remains a proud, dynamic and vigorous people.

This itinerary is subject to change without notice.

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