Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

August 12, 2011 07:44 ET

Message from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on the Occasion of International Youth Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 12, 2011) -

I am delighted to extend greetings to everyone taking part in International Youth Day, the theme of which is as inspiring as ever: Change Our World.

From the outset of my mandate as governor general, I have had several opportunities to speak with young Canadians and to invite them to reinvent the world in which they live. I have seen in them such incredible open-mindedness, imagination and drive. I believe that they are the linchpins to creating a smarter, more caring nation, and I have no doubt that they will be able to meet the challenges of today's global context.

It is vital that we build bridges between generations, that we include our best and brightest in decision-making processes and focus their talents. As the International Year of Youth draws to a close, I commend everyone who, with daring and determination, undertook or encouraged initiatives, at times in the face of tremendous adversity, with the conviction to create a better tomorrow. They say that the future is in the hands of our youth; certainly, if given the means and tools needed to move forward, they will be able to achieve absolutely extraordinary things.

On this very special occasion, let us take this opportunity to celebrate the contributions that young people make in our communities, in our country, and across every continent.

David Johnston

International Youth Day is celebrated on August 12, 2011.

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