Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

June 13, 2014 12:11 ET

The Governor General to Visit Prince Edward Island

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 13, 2014) - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will be in Prince Edward Island from June 15 to 18, 2014.

"As a nation, we must celebrate milestones in the history of our country, such as the 150th anniversary of the Conference of Charlottetown. These historic meetings were the pillars that helped to shape Canada as we know it today. Sharon and I are looking forward to visiting the birthplace of Confederation, Prince Edward Island, and to attending official events and activities that reflect who we are as Canadians and define where we aspire to be," said His Excellency.

Below is Their Excellencies' detailed itinerary (Atlantic Daylight Time):

Sunday, June 15


10:30 a.m.

Church Service and Parade to Province House

Their Excellencies will attend a church service commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. They will be joined by the Honourable Frank Lewis, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island; the Honourable Robert Ghiz, Premier of Prince Edward Island; His Worship Clifford Lee, Mayor of Charlottetown; and His Worship Régis Labeaume, Mayor of the City of Québec and honorary guest at the celebrations.

Following the service, Their Excellencies and other dignitaries will join the parade that will lead them to Province House-the route followed by the Fathers of Confederation 150 years ago. Once at the Legislative Assembly, the Governor General will deliver a speech and sign the City of Charlottetown's guest book.

On September 1, 1864, the meeting that led to Canadian Confederation convened in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had originally set the date to discuss the possibility of Maritime Union. When the Province of Canada (what is present-day Ontario and Quebec) asked to attend the meeting, the topic of Maritime Union became secondary to the grand matter of forming a nation. For more information, visit

St. Dunstan's Basilica and Province House, Charlottetown


MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Gavin, Communications Officer, City of Charlottetown, 902-388-4168 (cell.),

1:30 p.m.

Family Day in the Park

Their Excellencies, joined by both the Lieutenant Governor and the Premier of Prince Edward Island, as well as the Mayor of Charlottetown, will attend the official ceremony for Family Day in the Park. The Governor General will address the public and take part in the planting of a ceremonial tree to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference.

In 1873, Governor William Cleaver Francis Robinson gave the City of Charlottetown the responsibility of caring for 40 acres of the Fanning Bank farm. This land was "to and for the use of all Her Majesty's subjects as a park, promenade and pleasure ground." It was named Victoria Park in honour of Her Majesty Queen Victoria. For more information, visit

Victoria Park, Charlottetown


MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Gavin, Communications Officer, City of Charlottetown, 902-388-4168 (cell.),

Sunday, June 15


3:30 p.m.

Community Walk on the Trans Canada Trail (TCT)

Their Excellencies will walk on a 2.4-kilometre stretch of the TCT starting at the intersection of Route 319 (Robertson Road) in the Municipality of Brudenell to Montague Marina Train Station. They will be joined by the Honourable Allen Roach, Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning and Member of the Legislative Assembly of Prince Edward Island for Montague-Kilmuir; His Worship Richard Collins, Mayor of Montague; and TCT volunteers and community members. As patrons of the TCT, Their Excellencies will plant a red oak in honour of their visit to Montague.

The TCT is a non-profit, registered charity. It promotes and assists in the development and use of the Trail in every province and territory, and provides funding to local trail builders to support the development of trails. Today, more than 16 800 kilometres of trail have been developed. When completed, the Trail will stretch 23 000 kilometres, from the Atlantic to the Pacific and to the Arctic oceans, linking 1 000 communities and all Canadians. For more information, visit

Route 319 Roberston Road in the Municipality of Brudenell to Montague Marina Train Station


MEDIA CONTACT: Deborah Apps, Trans Canada Trail, 403-796-6213 (cell.),

Monday, June 16


10:30 a.m.

Reopening of the Homburg Theatre at the Confederation Centre of the Arts

The Governor General will officially reopen the Confederation Centre of the Arts' newly modernized Homburg Theatre by participating in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. On this occasion, he will deliver an address inside the Theatre and participate in question-and-answer sessions with the audience and with high school students from l'École François-Buote. The reopening of the Homburg Theatre is one of many events happening in 2014 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.

Confederation Centre of the Arts, Charlottetown


MEDIA CONTACT: Fraser McCallum, Communications Manager, Confederation Centre of the Arts, 902-628-6135 (office),

2 p.m.

Presentation of Governor General's Caring Canadian Awards, The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards and Launch of the Community Foundations of Prince Edward Island's Smart & Caring Community Building Fund

His Excellency will deliver a speech and present the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award to 10 deserving volunteers from Prince Edward Island. The names of the recipients and their citations are listed below. Created in 1995, the award recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made significant, sustained, unpaid contributions to their community, in Canada or abroad. Often working behind the scenes, these individuals volunteer their time and efforts to help their fellow citizens. It also sheds light on the example set by volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are a part of our Canadian character. For more information, visit

The Governor General will then proceed with the presentation of The Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award to 22 young people from across the province, in recognition of their dedication and personal accomplishments within their communities. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award encourages youth between the ages of 14 to 25 to pursue activities in four areas: Community Service, Physical Recreation, Skill Development, and Adventurous Journey. For more information, visit

As patron of Community Foundations of Canada, His Excellency will witness the launch of the Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island's Smart & Caring Community Fund. The fund will play a critical role in addressing the needs of Island communities and fostering the growth of available services. Leading up to 2017, community foundations from all across Canada are answering the Governor General's call to service and connecting the country by establishing Smart & Caring Community Funds specifically to respond to local priorities. For more information, visit

Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, Charlottetown


MEDIA CONTACTS: Nora MacEwen, The Duke of Edinburgh Award, 902-393-6672 (cell) Marla Gidney, Community Foundations of Prince Edward Island,

2 p.m.

Visit to the Anderson House Shelter by Her Excellency Sharon Johnston

Mrs. Johnston will visit the facility to meet with staff and patients who benefit from the various services it offers. Anderson House is a provincial emergency shelter for women and children who have been physically or emotionally abused or who live in constant fear of abuse. The shelter is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by trained, compassionate women who honour confidentiality. For more information, visit

Anderson House Shelter, Charlottetown


June 17, 2014


Annual Meeting of the Governor General, Lieutenant Governors and Territorial Commissioners

His Excellency will attend the Annual Meeting of the Governor General, Lieutenant Governors and Territorial Commissioners from June 17 to 18, 2014. This meeting is an opportunity for members to discuss matters of mutual interests and how they can better serve Canadians from coast to coast to coast.



Nancy Barrett

Mermaid, Prince Edward Island

More than 23 years ago, Nancy Barrett created the Upper Room Angels Program, a soup kitchen and food bank service for the Charlottetown community. Her initiative and her sustained volunteer work are the main reasons why this program has had such an impact on the lives of those in need.

Douglas Kelly

Stratford, Prince Edward Island

An enthusiast of his town's history and heritage, Douglas Kelly was instrumental in the creation of the Stratford Heroes project. In the lead-up to Remembrance Day each year, posters featuring profiles of local veterans go up on bus shelters and across the town, commemorating area residents who served in the Canadian Armed Forces and the Merchant Marine. He has been a member of the town's heritage committee for several years, and has served as its chair since 2008.

Empress MacDowell

O'Leary, Prince Edward Island

Empress MacDowell has been volunteering in her community for over 70 years. A life member of the Knutsford Women's Institute, she is also actively involved in her church. For the past 16 years, she has driven herself every day to the Margaret Stewart Ellis nursing home, where she helps to prepare meals, tidies up, socializes and plays cards with the residents. In the seniors community where she lives, she acts as a first responder to medical alert "lifeline" calls, and checks in daily with her neighbours to make sure they are well.

Gail MacLean

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Gail MacLean is known for her quiet and tireless work. She signed on as a charter member of Charlottetown's Queen Elizabeth Hospital Auxiliary in 1984, and has been a stalwart volunteer ever since. She also helps those affected by mental illness, volunteering with Schizophrenia PEI as an organizer, workshop speaker, advocate and family support leader.

A. John Robinson

Albany, Prince Edward Island

John Robinson shares his leadership and entrepreneurial acumen with a number of organizations. A member of the board of directors of the Community Foundation of Prince Edward Island since 1999, he also chairs the Transportation Committee of the Canadian Horticultural Council. He is an active volunteer at his church, as well as at Victoria Playhouse, a professional theatre company celebrating Maritime comedy, and at Seniors College, a non-profit organization affiliated with the University of Prince Edward Island and the Centre for Life-Long Learning. He is a passionate advocate for Prince Edward Island's farmers and a committed protector of the island environment.

Peter Rukavina

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Peter Rukavina brings energy, creativity and curiosity to his volunteer work. He is a board member of the PEI Home and School Federation, the Quality of Island Life Co-operative, and the L. M. Montgomery Land Trust, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the scenic coastal lands of Prince Edward Island's north shore. He is also the volunteer "hacker-in-residence" at the University of Prince Edward Island's Robertson Library, where he has free reign to explore and improve the library's information systems.

Alan Stewart

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Alan Stewart is described as a mentor and a model of volunteer engagement. He sits on the boards of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, the Cavendish Beach Music Festival, and Capital Area Recreation Inc., an innovative non-profit recreational facility on the campus of the University of Prince Edward Island. As a member of the voluntary advisory committee of PEI Inc., he is busy preparing the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference of the Fathers of Confederation-the largest provincial historical celebration in 40 years.

Janice Trowsdale

Bideford, Prince Edward Island

Janice Trowsdale has selflessly given countless hours to her community. She is known as a canvasser for local charities, as well as a volunteer with her church, the local oyster festival, the community choir, and the Atlantic Missionary Society. She also worked to save the Bideford home, where Lucy Maud Montgomery lived in 1894. The building was renamed the Bideford Parsonage Museum, thanks largely to her work. She continues to serve with the West County Historical Society that owns and operates the museum.

Wayne Trowsdale

Bideford, Prince Edward Island

Wayne Trowsdale is active in many organizations within his community, most notably the Ellerslie Lions Club, the Ellerslie-Bideford Community Centre and the Tyne Valley Fire Department. He is also the current president of the Bideford Parsonage Museum. An elder in the Tyne Valley Presbyterian Church community, he was a key force in the creation of the Sonlight Fellowship Centre. Using his skills as a self-trained builder and carpenter, he designed the plans for this addition to the church building, and volunteered many hours to its construction.

Sandra Weeks

Pleasant Valley, Prince Edward Island

Sandra Weeks has been a volunteer leader with 4-H in PEI for more than 25 years. She has served in leadership roles at the district, provincial and national levels, and has modeled excellence in animal husbandry by raising prize-winning Holstein cattle. But most of all, she is known as someone who has instilled a love of farming in generations of children in her community.

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