Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

April 19, 2013 12:46 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Celebrate National Volunteer Week

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 19, 2013) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will participate in a wide variety of events to highlight National Volunteer Week, from April 21 to 27, 2013.

"National Volunteer Week gives Canadians the opportunity to think about how we can make a difference in our communities by getting involved," said His Excellency. "Those who give of their time, talent and resources create a better country because they believe that it can and should be done. Their actions inspire us to do more and to be more caring, since each of us has something to give. They deserve not just our thanks, but also our recognition."

Below are the events in which the Governor General will participate:

Monday, April 22
Ottawa, Ontario

1:30 p.m.

Live Google Hangout Conversation on Youth Engagement and Volunteerism

The Governor General will host a 25-minute live Google Hangout conversation with representatives from third-sector organizations. Joining His Excellency in the discussion are Ian Bird, President and CEO of Community Foundations of Canada; Brendan Glauser, Director of Marketing and Communications at Volunteer Canada; and Susan Vardon, Director, National Initiatives at United Way Toronto. They will exchange ideas on how to foster engagement and instill a greater sense of belonging in our communities through volunteerism.

The 'twitterverse' is invited to offer questions and comments during the conversation by using the hashtag #GGHangout.


Tuesday, April 23
Pembroke, Ontario

10 a.m.

Keynote Address at the Renfrew County National Volunteer Week Celebration

The Governor General will deliver a keynote address to over 150 volunteers from across the Renfrew County region. He will talk about the rich tradition of working together and helping one another that exists in the Ottawa Valley, and share some of his thoughts on the role and importance of volunteerism in our society.

During the event, His Excellency will also present the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award to Mr. Mike Wright for his involvement in the community.

Mike Wright
Petawawa, Ontario

For 15 years, Mike Wright volunteered for the Renfrew County United Way, serving as its board chairman for much of that time. Under his leadership, the organization's fundraising campaign doubled in size and expanded to cover all of Renfrew County. He also played a key role in supporting strategic and innovative initiatives for the community.

Algonquin College in the Ottawa Valley, 1 College Way, Pembroke


Media contact: Jamie Bramburger, 613-735-4700 ext. 2756, or

11:20 a.m.

Lunch Service at the Salvation Army

His Excellency will don an apron and assist volunteers with the preparation and service of lunch. He will also speak with Salvation Army representatives about the program that is offered in Pembroke.

The Salvation Army is an international faith-based organization that began its work in Canada in 1882, and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives support to vulnerable people every day in 400 communities across Canada and in more than 124 countries around the world.

Pembroke Salvation Army, 484 Pembroke St. W.

CLOSED TO MEDIA - Official photographer only

Media contact: Michael Maidment, 613-795-8898 or

1:05 p.m.

Meeting with Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley

The Governor General will meet with staff and volunteers of the agency and learn about the support and services they provide to more than 150 community members with intellectual disabilities and their families. On this occasion, His Excellency will also deliver informal remarks.

Community Living Upper Ottawa Valley, 894 Pembroke St. W.

OPEN TO MEDIA - Informal remarks

Media contact: Nancy Goodbody, 613-735-0659 ext. 103, or

1:45 p.m.

Downtown Waterfront Cleanup

Along with community volunteers, the Governor General will participate in a cleanup of the waterfront area, from the amphitheatre to the marina. The public is also invited to join in this initiative.

Riverwalk Amphitheatre, Fred Blackstein Blvd.


Thursday, April 25
Ottawa, Ontario

10:30 a.m.

Caring Canadian Award Presentation Ceremony

His Excellency will preside over a Caring Canadian Award presentation ceremony and present the award to 26 volunteers from across the country and from various sectors. Since National Volunteer Week in April 2012, the contributions of more than 250 volunteers from across the country have been recognized with 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

The list of recipients and their citations will be published in a separate advisory.

Rideau Hall, Ballroom


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