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Governor General to Stay at the Citadelle of Quebec

Feb 7 2013 12:00AM



OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/07/13 -- Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will stay at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Quebec, from February 9 to 14, 2013.

Their Excellencies will take part in outdoor activities during the Quebec Winter Carnival. To encourage and support organizations that improve people's well-being through their activities or research, Their Excellencies will visit the Institut universitaire en sante mentale de Quebec and the Le Pavois organization. They will meet with elementary school students, who will tell Their Excellencies about their interests in art and technology. Finally, Their Excellencies will have a discussion with Quebeckers who place great importance on philanthropy, and attend a game at the Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament, at which the Governor General will perform the ceremonial puck drop.

"It always gives Sharon and me great pleasure to visit the beautiful City of Quebec, especially when the Winter Carnival is underway," said his Excellency. "We will take advantage of our time in the city to meet with researchers, philanthropists, students and young athletes who, among others, will tell us about the subjects that matter to them."

Below is Their Excellencies' detailed itinerary:

Saturday, February 9 City of Quebec, Quebec9:30 a.m.Calgary Stampede Flapjack Breakfast (Quebec Winter Carnival)The Governor General and Mrs. Johnston will meet volunteers and then put onaprons to help serve some of the 3 000 free flapjack breakfasts provided bythe City of Calgary delegation. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausages andgood, hot coffee.Place D'YouvilleOPEN TO MEDIAContact for media: Pascale Grenier, 418-626-3716, ext. 220, Sunday, February 10 City of Quebec, Quebec1:30 p.m.Canoe Race Finals (Quebec Winter Carnival)Their Excellencies, accompanied by Bonhomme, the official mascot of theWinter Carnival, will drop the flag to start the finals of the men's elitecanoe race on the frozen St. Lawrence River. For more information, pleasevisit (in French only).Louise Basin, Port of Quebec, City of QuebecOPEN TO MEDIAContact for media: Pascale Grenier, 418-626-3716, ext. 220, Tuesday, February 12 City of Quebec, Quebec8:45 a.m.Visit to the Institut universitaire en sante mentale de Quebec (IUSMQ)Their Excellencies will visit the IUSMQ, a leader in the field of mentalhealth that is affiliated with the Universite Laval. It provides adults withquality, specialized care and services that focus on their recovery, socialintegration and quality of life. Researchers from the institute will provideTheir Excellencies with an overview of their research, especially insexology and high-tech areas like neurophotonics. During this same event,Their Excellencies will visit the Superior Court of Quebec facilities, whichare next to the institute, and the Vincent et moi gallery. For moreinformation, please visit (in French only).2601 Chemin de la CanardierePHOTO OP - Upon the arrival of Their ExcellenciesContact for media: IUSMQ Communication Services, 418-663-5000, ext. 480, a.m.Visit to Le PavoisTheir Excellencies will learn more about the mental health services providedby Le Pavois during a visit to its facilities and at a meeting with memberswho are benefiting from the organization's services. After this discussion,Their Excellencies will go snowshoeing with members of the Club Hors-Piste,an outdoor sports activity club for people between the ages of 18 to 35 whoare recovering from a mental health problem. For more information, pleasevisit (in French only).Le Pavois, 2380 Mont-Thabor Avenue and Ski de fond Charlesbourg, 375 deL'aventure StreetPHOTO OP - Upon the arrival of Their Excellencies (at 11:30 a.m.) and duringthe activity with members of the Club Hors-Piste (at 1:45 p.m.)Contact for media: Francine Cyr, 418-627-9779 or Wednesday, February 13 City of Quebec, Quebec10 a.m.Visit to Everest Elementary SchoolTheir Excellencies will visit the Anglophone Everest Elementary School,where students will present-through short demonstrations and videos-theirArtsSmarts projects. These include a dancing robot, creating a sciencefiction film and designing a book on the history of the city of La Tuque.The Governor General and Mrs. Johnston will also attend musical performancesby students in other schools from the Central Quebec School Boardparticipating in the ArtsSmarts program. A few hundred students from variousschools in the Quebec and Mauricie regions will attend this event.2280 Laverdiere StreetOPEN TO MEDIAContact for media: Sandra Griffin, Central Quebec School Board, 418-688-8730, ext. 3010 or; Frances Shakov, ArtsSmarts, 416-484-1882, ext. 111 or p.m.Grand Opening of the New Institut Mallet FacilitiesTheir Excellencies will participate in the grand opening of the newfacilities at the Institut Mallet. An announcement regarding philanthropywill be made during the event and the Governor General will deliver remarks.The Institut Mallet strives to be an incubator for ideas to help advance andcoordinate the promotion of philanthropic culture and thinking in society.For more information, please visit (in French only).945 Soeurs-de-la-Charite StreetOPEN TO MEDIAContact for media: Marie Morneau, 418-580-1984 or Thursday, February 14 City of Quebec, Quebec9:30 a.m.Presentation of CredentialsHis Excellency will receive the credentials of the new ambassador of theRepublic of Columbia and the new high commissioner for the Republic ofMalta. Credentials are the official documents by which new heads ofdiplomatic missions are presented by their head of State as their officialrepresentative. Currently, there are more than 140 heads of diplomaticmissions accredited to Canada.The Citadelle of Quebec, QuebecOPEN TO MEDIAContact for media: Marie-Pierre Belanger, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-998-9166 or p.m.United Way Conference Dinner: Philanthropists from Generation to GenerationTheir Excellencies attend the United Way conference dinner, featuringkeynote speakers Michel Dallaire, President and Chief Executive Officer ofCominar, and Andrew Molson, Chairman of the RES PUBLICA Consulting Group.Inspired by questions from the emcee, Francoise Guenette, Mr. Dallaire andMr. Molson will talk about the philanthropic culture that has been at theheart of their families for years.Grand Salon du Pavillon Desjardins, Universite LavalOPEN TO MEDIAContact for media: Diane Aertgeets, 418-660-9640, ext. 250, p.m.Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey TournamentThe Governor General will perform the ceremonial puck drop at the QuebecInternational Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament game between the Quebec Citadellesand the Mille-Iles Seigneurs. His Excellency will meet with players fromboth teams before the game and then stay to watch. For more information,please visit Pepsi Coliseum, 250 Wilfrid-Hamel BoulevardOPEN TO MEDIAContact for media: Patrick Dom, 418-524-3311 or

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Media information:
Julie Rocheleau
Rideau Hall Press Office

City of Quebec:
Joanne Charrette
Official Spokesperson to the Governor General
613-852-5364 (cell.)

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