Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

April 12, 2011 13:37 ET

Media Advisory: Governor General to Visit Calgary to Highlight National Volunteer Week

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 12, 2011) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be in Calgary on Thursday, April 14, 2011, to highlight remarkable work done by Canadians during National Volunteer Week.

National Volunteer Week pays tribute to the millions of Canadian volunteers who graciously donate their time and energy. This year's National Volunteer Week takes place the week of April 10 to 16. It is Canada's largest celebration of volunteers, volunteerism and civic participation. To view His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston's video message, please click on the following link:

During the one-day visit to Calgary, the Governor General, patron of United Way of Canada, will deliver a keynote speech at the organization's 2011 national conference. The conference theme, Momentum 2011: A Celebration of Community Action, is aimed at celebrating the growing momentum across Canada for building strong and inclusive communities that create a greater quality of life for everyone. The three-day conference facilitates networking, discussion and learning on major issues facing Canadian communities and the United Way of Canada Movement.

In addition, the Governor General will meet with members of Volunteer Calgary and will take the opportunity to congratulate the 12 recipients of Volunteer Calgary's Leadership Awards that recognize outstanding contribution by volunteers in their communities. As Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, His Excellency will conclude his visit to Calgary with tour of The Military Museums.

Thursday, April 14, 2011
Calgary, Alberta

11:10 a.m. (Local Time)

Meeting with Volunteer Calgary

Upon his arrival, the Governor General will be greeted by Volunteer Calgary's acting CEO Sue Luciuk and board chair Dani DeBoice. During the meeting, His Excellency will say a few words and meet with outstanding volunteers from the Calgary area.

Volunteer Calgary has been helping people get involved in the community for over half a century. Its membership comprises over 450 voluntary organizations that need volunteers to complete their work. Volunteer Calgary provides a critical link between these organizations and people who wish to donate their time to enrich the community. For more information, please visit

2ndFloor, Kahanoff Centre, 1202 Volunteer Way (Centre Street SE), Calgary

PHOTO OP – Upon arrival and at the beginning of the meeting

1:15 p.m. (Local Time)

Address at the United Way of Canada National Conference

The Governor General, who is Patron of United Way of Canada, will deliver a keynote speech at the conference. His Excellency will speak on the importance of individuals and organizations contributing to stronger communities and better lives through philanthropy, volunteerism and insight.

There are more than 110 local United Ways across Canada that work together as a national movement, inspiring people to come together to make a lasting difference in their communities. United Way–Centraide continues to help those who are in need, recognizing that there are moments in everyone's lives that are difficult, and that everyone should have the opportunity to realize their full potential. For more information about the United Way of Canada–Centraide Canada and the 2011 conference, please visit

Westin Calgary, 320 – 4thAvenue South West, Calgary


3:00 p.m. (Local Time)

Visit to The Military Museums

The Governor General will conclude his visit to Calgary with a visit to The Military Museums. Upon his arrival, His Excellency will be greeted by Tom Doucette, Executive Director of the Military Museums, who will accompany the Governor General during a tour of the exhibits and facilities.

The Military Museums is home to the largest tri-service museum in Western Canada and is the second-largest military museum in Canada next to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. The Military Museums consist of seven distinct museums and galleries including the Naval, Army and Air Force Museums of Alberta, the four regimental army museums, and The Military Museums Library and Archives (University of Calgary), in addition to The Founders' Gallery. For more information, please visit

4520 Crowchild Trail South West, Calgary, Alberta


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