Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

January 11, 2011 18:41 ET

Message from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on the Occasion of the One-Year Anniversary of the Haiti Earthquake

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 11, 2011) - For Haitians, and for the entire international community, January 12 marks an extraordinarily sad anniversary.

While the tremors have long since subsided, the memory of the catastrophic earthquake that struck Haiti one year ago remains vivid in our minds. Hundreds of thousands of lives were lost as an entire nation was devastated. For those who are mourning the loss of relatives, friends and colleagues, and for the people of Haiti who are bravely struggling to rebuild their lives and their country, the cruel aftershocks continue.

On this sombre anniversary, I would like to remind the people of Haiti that Canada has not forgotten you. Our bond is strong, and we will continue to work together towards a brighter future for all Haitians.

Today also provides us with an occasion to remember all those who were affected by natural disasters during the past year. From the destructive earthquake in China last spring, to severe flooding in Pakistan and, most recently, in Australia, many have suffered unimaginable losses. And yet the world over, survivors, relief workers and donors have come together in solidarity to start over, reminding us of our resilience as humans and of our shared future on this planet.

David Johnston

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