OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/14/13 -- Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will attend the 2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships® in London, Ontario, on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
As patrons of this championship event, Their Excellencies will cheer on the world's best figure skaters, but especially our Canadian athletes performing in the Ice Dance Competition at the Budweiser Gardens at 4 p.m. They will also participate in the victory ceremonies at 5:50 p.m.
Earlier in the day, at 2 p.m., His Excellency will present the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award to four recipients for their involvement in the skating community. The ceremony will take place at the Budweiser Gardens' OC Lounge. The list of recipients and their citations are included below.
About the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award
Created in 1995, the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. Often working behind the scenes, these individuals volunteer their time and efforts to help their fellow citizens. The award also brings to light the example set by volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are a part of our Canadian character. For more information about this award, visit www.gg.ca/caring.
About Skate Canada
Skate Canada, the national governing body responsible for the development and administration of skating in Canada, is the largest figure skating association in the world. With over 5 000 registered coaches, skating programs for athletes of all ages are offered at nearly 1 300 skating clubs and schools across the country. Skate Canada is an association dedicated to providing every Canadian with the opportunity to learn life skills while experiencing the power, strength and creativity of one of Canada's premier sports. For more information, visit www.skatecanada.ca.
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CARING CANADIAN AWARD RECIPIENTS AND CITATIONS
William (Bill) BollandLondon, OntarioBill Boland has served on the national board of Skate Canada for 33 years,starting as a club volunteer before becoming club president and asynchronized skating judge. He has been responsible for various portfolios,including planning and marketing. He played an integral role in bringing the2013 ISU World Figure Skating Championships to London, and has served as thechair of the local organizing committee for this event. Thanks to hisdedication, he has helped demonstrate how a smaller city can stage a world-class sporting event.David DoreOttawa, OntarioIn 1980, David Dore became the youngest president of the Canadian FigureSkating Association's (CFSA) board of directors. Since then, he has been avolunteer coach, a member of the board, and a mentor and judge at worldchampionship competitions and Olympic games. He is also involved with theInternational Skating Union, where his passion drives him to help the sportevolve in non-traditional skating nations.Evan KosinerToronto, OntarioEvan Kosiner is the co-founder of Skate To Great, a charity that collectsnew and used skates for underprivileged children. Under the motto, "Everykid in Canada should have the opportunity to skate," Mr. Kosiner hasconvinced private companies, community associations and sport organizationsto come on board as national supporters. With over 40 volunteers supportingthe operation and collection locations available throughout the country,roughly 1 500 pairs of skates have been collected to date. Mr. Kosiner alsovolunteers his time hosting a television show on Rogers Community TV, inToronto.Benoit LavoieQuebec, QuebecSince 1988, Benoit Lavoie has volunteered as a figure skating judge at worldchampionship competitions and Olympic games. He has served as Skate Canada'spresident, chair of its board of directors, and its representative at manynational and international meetings, including those conducted with theCanadian Olympic Committee. He is also a technical controller and a referee,and has conducted seminars for new skating judges in Canada and abroad.
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