Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

March 13, 2011 10:25 ET

Message From His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on the Occasion of Commonwealth Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 13, 2011) - Today, in countries around the world, people are celebrating Commonwealth Day.

This year's theme is 'Women as Agents of Change'. As the father of five grown daughters, I have learned a great deal about the immeasurable contributions women make to our society. Across the Commonwealth, countries are recognizing those women who have helped to build a smart and caring world.

Women are leaders, innovators and givers. They are scientists, teachers and nurturers. They have vision, compassion and the will to improve their communities, which, in turn, brings change on a global scale. Commonwealth countries—all diverse, yet linked by similar goals and values—can be proud of what women have accomplished and must be mindful of what still needs to be done to achieve full equality of opportunity for all.

As we enter Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee year, and in honour of the impending visit to Canada of His Royal Highness Prince William and Miss Kate Middleton, it gives me great pleasure to extend to all Canadians my best wishes for Commonwealth Day.

David Johnston

Commonwealth Day is celebrated on March 14, 2011.

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