Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

January 21, 2011 10:30 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Visit Eastern Townships

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 21, 2011) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will conduct a one-day visit to the Eastern Townships on Monday, January 24, 2011.

His Excellency will begin his visit at 8:45 a.m. by meeting with His Worship Bernard Sévigny, Mayor of Sherbrooke, at City Hall. The Governor General will then proceed to the Université de Sherbrooke where he will meet with professor Luce Samoisette, University president, at 9:45 a.m.

In the afternoon, Their Excellencies will travel to Owl's Head ski resort, where they will be welcomed by the president of the Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF), Peter Treacy. ASF is a charitable organization specializing in offering adaptive ski programs for children and adults with disabilities. On the occasion of Their Excellencies' visit, the Foundation will be introducing a ski program for Canadian Forces personnel from the Soldier On Program. At 1 p.m., on the first day of this introduction camp, the Governor General who is Commander-in-Chief of Canada and his wife will have the opportunity to learn more about the equipment they use, and see demonstrations conducted by Soldier On participants and ASF students. The event will take place at the main chalet.

About Adaptive Sports Foundation

 The Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) is a registered, non-profit, charitable organization founded in 1995. The mission of the ASF is to establish, operate and maintain educational programs that encourage physically disabled children and adults to discover new abilities through alpine skiing and water sports. The Foundation provides trained volunteers who assist these individuals to become as independent as possible in their chosen sport, which fosters the development of self-confidence, self-motivation, increased physical strength and improved self-image while learning a lifelong sport/skill to be enjoyed with family and friends. For more information, please visit www.adaptivesports.ca.

About Soldier On

 Soldier On is a Canadian Forces program that aims to improve the quality of life of injured or ill military personnel and former personnel, through physical, recreational or sporting activities. It supports these personnel in increasing their independence, in developing new skills and in achieving goals. It also furnishes an opportunity for them to socialize and explore common interests, and share learning experiences. For more information, please visit www.SoldierOn.ca.

Contact Information

  • Rideau Hall Press Office
    Marie-Eve Létourneau
    613-998-0287
    marie-eve.letourneau@gg.ca
    or
    To cover the visit to Sherbrooke's
    City Hall, please contact:
    Sylvie Proulx - Press Secretary to the Mayor
    819-821-5969
    sylvie.proulx@ville.sherbrooke.qc.ca
    or
    To cover the visit to the Universite de
    Sherbrooke, please contact:
    Caroline Dubois - Media Relations Advisor
    Université de Sherbrooke
    819-821-8000, ext. 63395
    Caroline.Dubois4@Usherbrooke.ca
    or
    To cover the visit to the Adaptive Sports Foundation
    at Owl's Head Ski Resort, please contact:
    Peter Treacy - President
    Adaptive Sports Foundation
    450-243-5985 or 450-776-8547 (cellular)
    ptreacy@sportsadaptes.ca
    or
    For more information about the Soldier On
    Program, please contact:
    DND Media Liaison Office
    1-866-377-0811/613-996-2353