Governor General to Visit Montreal and Present the Diamond Jubilee Medal and Caring Canadian Award

Date : 11/26/2012 @ 1:25PM
Source : Marketwired

Governor General to Visit Montreal and Present the Diamond Jubilee Medal and Caring Canadian Award

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be in Montreal on Tuesday, November 27, 2012. During his visit, he will present the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Governor General's Caring Canadian Award to deserving Canadians from various walks of life. He will also deliver a keynote address at the Canada Chinese Business Council's (CCBC) 34th Annual General Meeting & Policy Conference.

Below is the Governor General's itinerary:

                            Tuesday, November 27                            
                              Montreal, Quebec                              
2:15 p.m.                                                                   
Presentation of the Diamond Jubilee Medal and Caring Canadian Award         
During this ceremony, the Diamond Jubilee Medal will be presented to nine   
recipients who have dedicated themselves to their fellow citizens, their    
community and their country. The Caring Canadian Award will also be         
presented to 24 recipients who have volunteered their time to help others   
and to build a smarter, more caring nation.                                 
The names of the Caring Canadian Award recipients and their citations are   
attached. The names and citations of the Diamond Jubilee Medal recipients   
will be released on the day of the ceremony.                                
Manege militaire du Mont-Royal, 3721 Henri-Julien Avenue                    
OPEN TO MEDIA                                                               
8 p.m.                                                                      
CCBC's 34th Annual General Meeting & Policy Conference                      
On this occasion, His Excellency will deliver a keynote address entitled    
"Beyond Trade: Learning and the Canada-China Relationship." This annual     
conference brings together business leaders from across Canada and China,   
and focuses on the progress made in Canada's bilateral economic relationship
with China. For more information, please visit                
Grand Salon, Hyatt Regency Montreal, 1255 Jeanne-Mance Street               
OPEN TO MEDIA - Speech only                                                 

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                                Andre Aubert                                
                           Trois-Rivieres, Quebec                           
   For his long engagement in sporting, civic and social endeavours in his  
                           Yolande Bedard Boutin                            
                            Saint-Damien, Quebec                            
 For her generous contributions to civic, religious and environmental causes
for over 30 years, notably as the founder of the Club Marguerite d'Youville,
                              in Montreal East.                             
                                Claude Gagnon                               
                              Disraeli, Quebec                              
    For his role as an advocate for his region (La region de l'Amiante).    
                      Rita Anne and Bruce Neil Garland                      
                              Montreal, Quebec                              
   For their commitment to promoting learning and for their many years as   
              volunteers with St-Mary's Hospital, in Montreal.              
                              Maurice Gaudreau                              
                            L'Assomption, Quebec                            
           For supporting youth, notably through the Navy Cadets.           
                              Ginette Gauvreau                              
                           Trois-Rivieres, Quebec                           
  For supporting Haitian orphans and the Canadian families who have adopted 
                              Jean-Paul Gignac                              
                        Saint-Felix-de-Valois, Quebec                       
 For his 50 years of engagement in civic, sporting and social causes in his 
   community, notably as the founding member of l'Inter-Club de sport des   
                     communautes des Basses-Laurentides.                    
                            Normand-Guy Goudreau                            
                      Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec                      
              For his long and unwavering support for veterans.             
             Chief Warrant Officer Geoffrey David Greer (Ret'd)             
                             Chateauguay, Quebec                            
  As a volunteer for over 40 years with organizations such as the Anglican  
         Church, the Scouts, a veterans hospital and the Red Cross.         
                               Gabriel Groulx                               
                            Saint-Laurent, Quebec                           
   For his civic engagement and his contributions to securing funding for   
                            health care services.                           
                            James Donald Hindley                            
                            Beaconsfield, Quebec                            
   For his contributions to youth, notably through the Quebec Society for   
                             Disabled Children.                             
                                George Hines                                
                            Saint-Lazare, Quebec                            
   For his long and dedicated work as a volunteer for the Montreal General  
                            Brother Fabien Landry                           
                                Laval, Quebec                               
   For his work in support of Haiti's children, notably orphans and those   
                          suffering from HIV/AIDS.                          
                              Martin Longchamps                             
                             Repentigny, Quebec                             
  For his almost 20 years of engagement as a volunteer with minor hockey in 
                                Maura McKeon                                
                              Westmount, Quebec                             
 For her long-standing compassion towards society's most vulnerable, and for
              the home-cooked food hampers she makes for them.              
                              Menelaos Pavlides                             
                              Montreal, Quebec                              
For his long service in the Scouting movement, notably within Canada's Greek
                               Marcel Poirier                               
                            Saint-Sauveur, Quebec                           
                For his work to help protect our environment.               
                               Florent Portron                              
                              Montreal, Quebec                              
For his work as a first responder, providing volunteer first aid services in
                               his community.                               
                            Madeleine Robitaille                            
                               LaSalle, Quebec                              
         For her 50 years of volunteering for the LaSalle Hospital.         
                          Linda Chernin Rosenblatt                          
                              Montreal, Quebec                              
 For her 35 years of support for cancer patients and their families, notably
                    through the Cedars Cancer Institute.                    
                             Philippe Saint-Cyr                             
                              Brossard, Quebec                              
      For his pioneering role, as an internationally renowned champion      
 weightlifter, in the development of the sport, and for his unpaid work in a
      variety of federations at the regional, provincial, national and      
                            international levels.                           
                  Lieutenant-Colonel Okill Stuart (Ret'd)                   
                            Saint-Lambert, Quebec                           
    For his long commitment to promoting our country's heritage, notably    
                   Canada's role in the Second World War.                   
                              Lise Julien Viau                              
                       Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague, Quebec                      
For her sustained and generous commitment to her community, wherever she has
                       seen a need, for over 45 years.                      

About the 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

Contacts: Marie-Pierre Belanger Rideau Hall Press Office 613-998-9166 613-852-3248 (cell.)

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