Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

September 23, 2011 19:17 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Undertake Official Visit to the Province of British Columbia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 23, 2011) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will conduct an official visit to the province of British Columbia, from September 26 to 28, 2011.

"Sharon and I will be visiting Canada's westernmost province—with its Latin motto Splendor sine occasu, meaning "Splendour without Diminishment"—as we continue to meet Canadians from across this fine country," said His Excellency. "We look forward to learning about the way of life in British Columbia, to understand the issues that matter most to its citizens, and how we can fuse the best of each province and territory to build a smarter and more caring nation for all."

The official visit will begin in the capital city of Victoria, where Their Excellencies will meet with British Columbians from various backgrounds and spend time with the members of the Royal Canadian Navy and their families. Their Excellencies will also meet with First Nations leaders and community members to hear their success stories, and to talk about initiatives currently underway in their communities and the work they are doing to help Aboriginal youth achieve success in post-secondary education.

The official visit will also include stops at various points on Vancouver Island. As patrons of the Trans Canada Trail, Their Excellencies will visit the newly rehabilitated Kinsol Trestle, along the Cowichan Valley Trail. They will also visit the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre to see the innovative scientific research being conducted in the area of marine and coastal-oriented field operations on the west coast.

Their Excellencies will spend the last day of their official visit in Vancouver, where His Excellency will deliver a keynote address before the Canadian Club of Vancouver. Their Excellencies will also spend time with Vancouverites and hear about the city's innovative programs for youth and families, and its initiatives as one of Canada's greenest cities. Furthermore, Her Excellency Sharon Johnston will visit the Aboriginal Mother Centre Society, where she will meet with mothers who benefit from the services provided by the centre.

Monday, September 26

Victoria, British Columbia

  • 9:25 a.m.
    Arrival at Government House
    Upon their arrival in the capital city, Their Excellencies will meet with the Honourable Steven L. Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, and his spouse, Mrs. Gwendolyn Point. His Excellency will inspect the 2924 Kowutzun Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps and greet members of the public.
    Government House, 1401 Rockland Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia
    PHOTO OP—Upon Their Excellencies' arrival at Government House and at the beginning of the meeting

  • 9:55 a.m.
    Official Welcoming Ceremony at the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia
    Their Excellencies will be officially welcomed to British Columbia at the Legislative Assembly. They will be presented with full military honours and receive a traditional welcome from local First Nations representatives. His Excellency will then address the crowd outside before the Parliamentary Buildings
    Outside the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Parliamentary Buildings, Victoria, British Columbia
    OPEN TO MEDIA—The Official Welcoming Ceremony will be webcast live on the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia's website at http://www.leg.bc.ca/.

  • 10:30 a.m.
    Coat of Arms Presentation

    His Excellency will take part in a brief presentation of a coat of arms to the B.C. Sheriff Services. The Governor General will unveil the coat of arms with the assistance of the Honourable Christie Clark, Premier of British Columbia; the Honourable Shirley Bond, Attorney General of British Columbia, and a representative of the BC Sheriff Services.
    Outside the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Parliamentary Buildings, Victoria, British Columbia
    OPEN TO MEDIA

  • 10:50 a.m.
    Courtesy Call with the Premier of British Columbia
    Their Excellencies will meet with the the Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of British Columbia.
    Parliament Buildings, Victoria, British Columbia
    CLOSED TO MEDIA

  • 11:40 a.m.
    Meeting with the Friends of Government House

    Their Excellencies will meet with Janet Renouf, President of the Friends of Government House, as well as with other instrumental people involved in the development and maintenance of this volunteer-based program at Government House.
    Government House, 1401 Rockland Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia
    CLOSED TO MEDIA

  • 12:50 p.m.
    Civic Call with His Worship Dean Fortin, Mayor of Victoria
    Their Excellencies will be hosted by His Worship Dean Fortin, Mayor of Victoria, and members of city council, and will undertake an interactive walking tour with citizen groups, allowing Their Excellencies the opportunity to meet with Victorians. His Excellency will offer brief remarks at the end of the visit.
    Victoria City Hall, 1 Centennial Square, Victoria, British Columbia
    PHOTO OP—Upon Their Excellencies' arrival and during the walking tour.

  • 1:50 p.m.
    First Nations Education Event at the University of Victoria
    Their Excellencies will meet with individuals involved in the University of Victoria's LE,NONET Project. During the visit, Their Excellencies will meet with David H. Turpin, President of the University of Victoria, as well as with First Nations Elders, educators and students, to learn about the challenges and successes of the project and assess ways to move forward.

    LE,NONET (pronounced le-non-git) was designed to help create an environment at the University of Victoria where Aboriginal students would feel welcomed, be successful and participate in a beneficial educational experience. To accomplish these goals, several interrelated programs and initiatives were designed in consultation with Aboriginal students, faculty, staff and representatives from local First Nations communities. For more information, visit http://web.uvic.ca/lenonet/home.html.
    PHOTO OP—During Their Excellencies' arrival at First Peoples House, at approximately 1:50 p.m., and their subsequent entry into the Ceremonial Hall as part of a formal procession. Interested media are asked to please be in place by 1:35 p.m. at the latest.

  • 3:30 p.m.
    Visit to Maritime Forces Pacific at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt

    Their Excellencies will visit Maritime Forces Pacific, where they will sail on board
    HMCS Regina and meet with service members and their families as part of CFB Esquimalt's Family Day activities.
    Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt, Victoria, British Columbia
    OPEN TO MEDIA—Media must contact the Royal Canadian Navy Public Affairs office at 250-363-5789, no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 23, 2011. Reporters, video/photographers are required to bring proper photo identification and proof of media affiliation.

  • 6:30 p.m.
    Dinner Hosted by the Province of British Columbia and Government House
    Their Excellencies will be guests of honour at a dinner hosted by the Lieutenant Governor and the Premier of British Columbia. Their Excellencies will have the pleasure of meeting with British Columbians leaders.
    Government House, 1401 Rockland Avenue, Victoria, British Columbia
    CLOSED TO MEDIA

Tuesday, September 27

Vancouver Island, British Columbia

  • 8:45 a.m.
    Visit to the Trans Canada Trail: Historical Kinsol Trestle
    As patrons of the Trans Canada Trail, Their Excellencies will visit the newly rehabilitated Kinsol Trestle, along the Cowichan Valley Trail. Their Excellencies will address volunteers, trail employees and community members that made the rehabilitation possible. They will then partake in a walk along the trestle with community members to encourage active and healthy living in the community.

  • Designed by engineers but built by local farmers and loggers, the historical Kinsol Trestle is one of the largest and most spectacular timber rail structures in the world. It was last used by trains in 1979, abandoned in the early 80s and destined for demolition. However, with the assistance of a group of community members, along with support from the Trans Canada Trail and all levels of government, the Trestle was saved from demolition. The structure was officially reopened on July 28, 2011. The Kinsol Trestle is now an important part of the Trans Canada Trail. For more information, visit the Cowichan Valley Regional District website at www.cvrd.bc.ca/index.aspx?nid=1379.
    Cowichan Valley Trail, Shawinigan Lake, British Columbia
    OPEN TO MEDIA - Media can access the Kinsol Trestle via Riverside Road trail entrance await the arrival of Their Excellencies at the trestle.

  • 1:00 p.m.
    Roundtable Discussion with the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation
    Their Excellencies will take part in a roundtable discussion with leaders of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, in Tofino. The last governor general to visit Tla-o-qui-aht was the Right Honourable Georges P. Vanier, in 1964.
    Tofino, British Columbia
    CLOSED TO MEDIA

  • 3:00 p.m.
    Visit to the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
    Their Excellencies will tour the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre with researchers and students. They will then observe a Live Dive—a learning tool that allows students to remotely explore the marine subtidal environment without leaving the classroom—and a demonstration of a 20-metre flume used in fluid dynamics research.

  • The Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre is a world-class teaching and research facility located on the outer west coast of Vancouver Island. For more information, visit www.bms.bc.ca.
    Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, Bamfield, British Columbia
    PHOTO OP—Their Excellencies will be available for a photo op partway through the visit, at 3:15 p.m., in the front of the Centre's main building.

  • 4:30 p.m.
    Visit to Huu-ay-aht First Nation

    Their Excellencies will meet with Huu-ay-aht leaders, community members, youth leaders and those instrumental in the advancement of the treaty process. They will participate in a formal celebration featuring local artists, during which His Excellency will address the community.
    Huu-ay-aht First Nation, Bamfield, British Columbia
    OPEN TO MEDIA

Wednesday, September 28

Vancouver, British Columbia

  • 9:15 a.m.
    Her Excellency Sharon Johnston to Visit the Aboriginal Mother Centre Society

    Her Excellency Sharon Johnston will visit the Aboriginal Mother Centre Society, where she will meet with mothers and Centre's service providers.

    The Aboriginal Mother Centre Society began in 2002, to address the needs of Aboriginal women in the Vancouver area. Located in the east end of Vancouver, in a culturally sensitive environment, the recently renovated Centre provides a wide variety of services under one roof, including housing for Aboriginal women and children and numerous supports that foster self-sufficiency. For more information, visit http://aboriginalmothercentre.ca.
    CLOSED TO MEDIA

  • 10:30 a.m.
    Civic Call and Reception Hosted by the Mayor of Vancouver
    Their Excellencies will meet with His Worship Gregor Robertson, Mayor of Vancouver, and Mrs. Amy Robertson. During the meeting, Their Excellencies will spend time with Vancouverites and learn about the city's innovative programs promoting cultural integration and anti-racism leadership in youth. Their Excellencies will also learn about Vancouver's initiatives as one of Canada's greenest cities.
    Vancouver City Hall, 453 West 12th Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia
    PHOTO OP – For further details, please contact the City of Vancouver at 604-871-6336.

  • 12:10 p.m.
    Governor General's Address to the Canadian Club of Vancouver
    His Excellency will deliver an address to members of the Canadian Club of Vancouver at the Ismaili Centre, Burnady.
    Ismaili Centre, Burnaby, 4010 Canada Way, Burnaby, British Columbia
    OPEN TO MEDIA

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