Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

December 18, 2014 11:19 ET

Media Advisory: Their Excellencies' "Giving Moments" to Families in Need this Holiday Season

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 18, 2014) - With Christmas just around the corner, Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will offer a helping hand to people in need on Friday, December 19, 2014, as part of the My Giving Moment campaign.

My Giving Moment is a national multimedia campaign that encourages Canadians to give back to their communities, neighbours, charities and causes. Inspired by His Excellency, this campaign is part of an ongoing effort to foster Canadian giving and to build a smarter and more caring nation. For more information, visit

9 a.m.

Governor General Packing Food Hampers

Joined by His Worship Jim Watson, Mayor of Ottawa, and by city councillors, His Excellency will help volunteers pack food hampers at the Caring and Sharing Exchange's annual Corporate Hamper Packing Day. The Governor General will also have the opportunity to engage with staff and volunteers before delivering brief remarks.

The Caring and Sharing Exchange is a local registered charity with a mission to provide neighbours with relief and dignity during difficult times of the year, in the most fair and efficient way possible. Since 1915, the Christmas Exchange Program (part of the Caring and Sharing Exchange) has provided assistance in the form of a food hamper or redeemable gift voucher to thousands of Ottawa families in need. For more information, visit

Accora Centre, 98 Woodridge Crescent, Ottawa


11 a.m.

Her Excellency to Meet with Residents of the Special Care Unit for Men at the Salvation Army Booth Centre

Her Excellency will meet with individuals who seek the assistance of Ottawa Inner City Health (OICH), in partnership with the Salvation Army. She will also present gifts and serve meals during the Christmas lunch. She will be joined by Wendy Muckle, Executive Director of OICH, and Marc Provost, Executive Director of the Salvation Army Ottawa Booth Centre.

OICH aims to improve the health and access to health care for people who are chronically homeless. Their main function is to coordinate and integrate health care services so that homeless individuals can receive the same quality of health care as other Canadians. Through a partnership with the Salvation Army Ottawa Booth Centre, they operate the Special Care Unit for Men. For more information, visit

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882. It has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. For more information, visit


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