Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

December 04, 2013 12:26 ET

Media Advisory: Their Excellencies to Celebrate International Volunteer Day with Giving Moments

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 4, 2013) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will participate in a variety of activities to highlight International Volunteer Day on December 5, 2013. Their Excellencies will start the day by volunteering at La grande guignolée des médias, in Gatineau, Quebec.

International Volunteer Day celebrates individuals and organizations who are giving back to society through citizen leadership and volunteerism, which are themes at the heart of My Giving Moment, a multimedia campaign launched in early November. Inspired by His Excellency, My Giving Moment is part of an ongoing effort to promote giving among Canadians and build a smarter, more caring nation.

As part of this campaign, Their Excellencies see International Volunteer Day and the holiday season as perfect occasions for people across Canada to discover their own giving moment. Just as volunteers around the world demonstrate every day: it only takes a moment to discover what you have to give.

Below is Their Excellencies' detailed itinerary for the day:

Thursday, December 5

Gatineau, Quebec

7:20 a.m.

La grande guignolée des médias

Their Excellencies will join volunteers and participate in 13th annual outdoor collection of money and non-perishable food items for local charities. They will be collecting funds and items from vehicles that are stopped at the intersection of Alexandre-Taché Boulevard and St-Joseph Boulevard, in Gatineau, Quebec. Many different charities benefit from this day-long fundraiser.

Established in 2001, La grande guignolée des médias brings together members of media outlets from across Quebec for a full day of fundraising for local charities. Since its beginning, La grande guignolée des médias has collected over $22 million in donations. For more information, please visit Intersection of Alexandre-Taché Boulevard and St-Joseph Boulevard, Gatineau, Quebec. OPEN TO MEDIA

Media contact: Thalie Tremblay, 613-797-5367,

9 a.m.

Meet with Volunteers at the Maison du citoyen

Their Excellencies will proceed to the Maison du citoyen (City Hall), where volunteers from La grande guignolée des médias will gather following the event. The Governor General will meet briefly with His Worship Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, Mayor of the City of Gatineau, and will address the volunteers in attendance to thank them for their efforts and generosity.
25 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec. OPEN TO MEDIA - REMARKS ONLY

Media contact: Thalie Tremblay, 613-797-5367,

Ottawa, Ontario

1:30 p.m.

Visit to the Youville Centre

Their Excellencies will tour the facilities of the Youville Centre, which include classrooms and an on-site daycare. They will then join a group of approximately 10 volunteers from Hydro Ottawa visiting as part of Community Action Day, a city-wide initiative jointly organized by United Way Ottawa and Volunteer Ottawa. Together, Their Excellencies and the volunteers will bake cookies in preparation for the Centre's Christmas luncheon being held on December 18.

The Youville Centre is a non-profit, registered charity that assists young mothers and their children. Youville's holistic programs and services allow young mothers aged 15 to 21 to graduate high school, learn to parent their children, develop essential life skills and receive crucial mental health and addiction counselling to help them build a brighter future for themselves and their children. For more information, please visit 150 Mann Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario. OPEN TO MEDIA

Media contact: Heather Heagney, 613-231-5150 ext. 128,

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