Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

October 05, 2012 12:24 ET

Governor General to Visit Saskatchewan on the Occasion of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2012) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will visit Saskatchewan from October 9 to 11, 2012. During their visit to the province, they will attend official functions and events in Prince Albert, Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation, and Regina.

"Saskatchewan is quickly becoming known as a province of opportunity and a leader in so many sectors," said His Excellency. "Sharon and I are pleased to attend the ceremony marking the centennial of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building. We are looking forward to meeting with people who are creating even more opportunity in the future, and speaking with them about their potential as community leaders."

Below is Their Excellencies' detailed itinerary (Central Standard Time):

Tuesday, October 9

Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

12:15 p.m.

Arrival in Prince Albert

Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies will be welcomed by Their Honours The Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, and Mr. Gordon Schofield; His Worship Jim Scarrow, Mayor of Prince Albert, and Mrs. Helen Scarrow; Grand Chief Ron Michel and Mrs. Nancy Michel; and other dignitaries.

RCMP Hangar, Prince Albert Airport

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12:35 p.m.

Welcome by the Prince Albert Community

Their Excellencies, joined by the Mayor and his wife, will meet with members of the Prince Albert community during a walkabout.

142-12th Street West, E. A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts, Prince Albert

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1:30 p.m.

Discussion with Students from Prince Albert

His Excellency will host a discussion with over 400 students in grades 7 and 8 from six area schools on the role and responsibilities of the governor general of Canada. During the discussion, students will ask His Excellency questions about his constitutional role; his responsibilities in representing Canada at home and abroad, and as commander-in-chief; about recognizing excellence and achievement, and about how he brings Canadians together, from coast to coast to coast.

In preparation for this discussion, students will use Eduzone, a new online tool designed for teachers, educators and students across Canada. Eduzone provides educational and multimedia resources about the governor general's role and the history of the position. This tool was launched by His Excellency on October 1, 2012, on the occasion of the second anniversary of his installation. For more information about Eduzone, visit www.gg.ca/eduzone.

142-12th Street West, E. A. Rawlinson Centre for the Arts, Prince Albert

OPEN TO MEDIA

3 p.m.

Courtesy Call with His Worship Jim Scarrow, Mayor of Prince Albert

City Hall Foyer, 1084 Central Avenue, Prince Albert

PHOTO OP-Upon Their Excellencies' arrival and during the signing of the guest book with members of council

3:45 p.m.

Visit to Ranch Ehrlo Society Stables

Her Excellency Sharon Johnston will meet with staff from the Ranch Ehrlo Society and participate in an equine assisted training exercise with at-risk youth.

Over its 45-year history, the Ranch Ehrlo Society has developed unique and innovative programs to assist children, youth, families and communities. Their mission is to provide a continuum of quality preventative, restorative and advocacy services, promoting the well-being of individuals, families and communities through the elimination of abuse, neglect, addictions and violence, in Saskatchewan and beyond. For more information, visit www.ehrlo.com.

CLOSED TO MEDIA

4 p.m.

Discussion with Partners from Community Mobilization Prince Albert

Joined by the Mayor of Prince Albert, His Excellency will meet with partners from various agencies involved in the program to hear their success stories and learn about the daily challenges they face.

By bringing together schools, community organizations, health care and social service agencies, First Nation workers and the Prince Albert Police Service, Community Mobilization Prince Albert increases community safety by helping at-risk individuals. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Community-Mobilization-Prince-Albert/211914945588954.

2nd Floor Boardroom, 29-11th Street East, Prince Albert

OPEN TO MEDIA-At the beginning of the discussion

5:15 p.m.

Meeting with the Prince Albert Grand Council

His Excellency will be greeted by Grand Chief Ron Michel for a meeting with 12 chiefs and eight senators from the Prince Albert Grand Council (PAGC). The discussion will allow for members of the PAGC to share with His Excellency the challenges they face within the community.

The PAGC focuses on the protection and implementation of the Treaties signed by First Nations and the Crown in right of Great Britain in 1876. The council is also committed to supporting its member First Nations achieve and implement independent, progressive self-governments and to improving the quality of life of their constituents through appropriate and productive social and economic strategies.

2300-9th Avenue West, Prince Albert

OPEN TO MEDIA-At the beginning of the discussion

6:30 p.m.

Community Event and Presentation of the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award

In honour of Their Excellencies' visit, the Mayor of Prince Albert will host an event during which His Excellency will address community members and present the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award to three recipients. A list of recipients and their citations will be published in a separate media advisory.

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.

2nd Floor, 2787-10th Avenue West, Alfred Jenkins Field House, Prince Albert

OPEN TO MEDIA

Wednesday, October 10

Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation, Saskatchewan

10:45 a.m.

Meeting with Hatchet Lake Band Council and Elders

Their Excellencies will engage in a discussion with the Hatchet Lake Band Council and Elders.

Library, Father Megret High School, Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation

CLOSED TO MEDIA

11:15 a.m.

Community Feast

Their Excellencies will attend a community feast hosted by Chief Bartholomew J. Tsannie, of the Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation.

Gymnasium, Father Megret High School, Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation

OPEN TO MEDIA

12:50 p.m.

Discussion with Students on Education and Training for Employment

Their Excellencies will have the opportunity to speak with students in grades 11 and 12 on the importance and challenges of education and training.

Library, Father Megret High School, Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation

CLOSED TO MEDIA

1:30 p.m.

Visit to Father Megret Elementary School

Their Excellencies will interact with students and conclude their visit with a performance by the school.

Father Megret Elementary School, Hatchet Lake Denesuline First Nation

OPEN TO MEDIA

Wednesday, October 10

Wollaston, Saskatchewan

3:10 p.m.

Visit to Rabbit Lake Uranium Mill

Upon their arrival, Their Excellencies will be introduced to staff before conducting a one-hour tour of the facility. Following the visit, Their Excellencies will have a discussion with employees.

Owned and operated by Cameco Corporation, Rabbit Lake operation, which opened in 1975, is the longest-operating uranium production facility in North America. For more information, visit www.cameco.com.

Rabbit Lake Uranium Operation, Wollaston

OPEN TO MEDIA

Thursday, October 11

Regina, Saskatchewan

11 a.m.

Courtesy Call with His Worship Pat Fiacco, Mayor of Regina

2476 Victoria Avenue East, Regina

PHOTO OP-Upon Their Excellencies' arrival

11:45 a.m.

Governor General's Address to the Canadian Club of Regina

His Excellency will deliver a speech entitled to members of the Canadian Club of Regina.

Ballroom, Travelodge Hotel, 4177 Albert Street, Regina

OPEN TO MEDIA-Speech only

Noon

Visit to Ranch Ehrlo's Pilot Butte Campus

Upon her arrival, Her Excellency Sharon Johnston will be welcomed by Ms. Marion MacIver, President and CEO of the Ranch Ehrlo Society, and will attend a lunch with youth at the Society's group home. She will then proceed to Schaller College, where she will attend a performance by the Pow Wow Club, and tour the facility. Owned and operated by the Ranch Ehrlo Society, the College is designed to meet the specific needs of each individual student. The programs allow students the flexibility to utilize the required time to complete their studies.

CLOSED TO MEDIA

1:30 p.m.

Visit to the Canadian National Institute for the Blind

On World Sight Day, His Excellency will visit the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). As patron of the CNIB, he will meet with staff and guests and participate in the Ignite Your Senses event where he will sample various dessert flavours with a blindfold or simulator glasses that represent four of the most common eye diseases.

The CNIB is a registered charity that provides community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. For more information, visit www.cnib.ca.

Auditorium, 2550 Broad Street, Regina

OPEN TO MEDIA

2:45 p.m.

Welcome by Their Honours The Honourable Vaughn Solomon Schofield, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, and Mr. Gordon Schofield

4607 Dewdney Avenue, Government House, Regina

PHOTO OP-Upon Their Excellencies' arrival

3 p.m.

Governor General's Caring Canadian Award Ceremony

On the occasion of Their Excellencies' visit to the province, Their Honours will host a special event to recognize the remarkable volunteer work led by community members. His Excellency will deliver a speech and present the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award to 20 recipients. A list of recipients and their citations will be published in a separate media advisory. For more information about this award, visit www.gg.ca/caring.

4607 Dewdney Avenue, Government House, Regina

OPEN TO MEDIA

6:20 p.m.

Meeting with Winners of Saskatchewan Dream Video Contest

Their Excellencies, joined by the Honourable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan, and Mrs. Tami Wall, will meet with the seven winners of the Saskatchewan Dream Video Contest. In celebration of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building's centennial, students from grades 9 to 12 in the province were given the opportunity to get real, hands-on experience planning, shooting and editing their films.

Room 222, Legislative Building, Regina

PHOTO OP

6:30 p.m.

100th Anniversary Celebration of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building

Joined by Their Honours; the Premier of Saskatchewan and Mrs. Tami Wall; the Honourable Dan D'Autremont, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly; Mr. John Nilson, Leader of the Opposition; and other guests, Their Excellencies will attend a ceremony marking the centennial of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building. During the ceremony, His Excellency will deliver a speech, present the Diamond Jubilee Medal to seven recipients, and place items in the building's time capsule. The ceremony will conclude with the cutting of an anniversary cake.

2405 Legislative Drive, Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan, Regina

OPEN TO MEDIA-A live feed of the ceremony will be available via the Legislative Assembly.

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