Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

December 15, 2011 10:49 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Lend a Hand at Yonge Street Mission Toy Market in Toronto

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 15, 2011) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada will volunteer at the Yonge Street Mission Christmas Toy Market at 11:15 a.m., on Friday, December 16, 2011. The market is being held at the H.B. Martin Family Centre for Urban Education, 306 Gerrard Street East, in Toronto.

The Governor General will get an operational overview of the Mission and will lend a hand at the Christmas Toy Market, an annual charity event for parents affected by poverty to choose free Christmas gifts for their children. His Excellency will meet with volunteers and help a community member select gifts for his or her family. The Governor General is taking this opportunity to emphasize the importance of community building through volunteering, in an effort to build a smarter and more caring nation.

About the Yonge Street Mission Toy Market

The Yonge Street Mission has served the poor in Toronto for 115 years. The Christmas Toy and Food Market, which runs from Wednesday, December 14 through Friday, December 23, has brought joy to neighbourhood families living in poverty for over 20 years. For more information, visit

Media wishing to cover should contact Ann Barnard Ball. Please arrive no later than 11 a.m. at 306 Gerrard Street East on the day of the event, using the main entrance on the side of the building. Parking is available at 310 Gerrard Street East.

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