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Media Advisory: Governor General to Visit Nova Scotia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 05/28/12 -- His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will visit Nova Scotia from May 29 to June 2, 2012.

"It is a pleasure to return to Nova Scotia, where I will be delivering a keynote address on the power of learning to change lives for the better at the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics' World Congress in Halifax. I'm also looking forward to engaging with Nova Scotians during my visit to Yarmouth, where the fishing industry is the region's vital source of economy. Being the first governor general to visit the Acadian community of Pubnico is a great honour and I'm anxious to learn more about the history of the province's oldest Acadian community and embrace its proud heritage and culture," said His Excellency.

Tuesday, May 29

Halifax, Nova Scotia

3 p.m.                                                                      
Keynote Address at the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics' World 
Congress                                                                    
His Excellency will deliver a speech on the power of learning and the role  
of colleges and polytechnics in creating a smarter, more caring world. The  
Congress will attract some 800 institutional leaders, senior government     
officials, international partners, faculty and students from 50 different   
countries.                                                                  
                                                                            
The World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics (WFCP) is an international
network of colleges and college associations. The Association of Canadian   
Community Colleges, in collaboration with Nova Scotia Community College, is 
hosting the World Congress of the WFCP. Its theme, "Driving the Global      
Economy", will stimulate dialogue on the profound influence of education on 
societies, economies, and urban and rural communities. For more information 
about the World Congress, visit http://world.accc.ca/congress/.             
World Trade & Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle Street                         
OPEN TO MEDIA                                                               
                                                                            
7 p.m.                                                                      
Presentation of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award                               
The Governor General will present The Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award to     
youth from the Maritime Provinces. His Excellency will also deliver remarks 
to acknowledge the participants' various achievements within their          
respective communities. For more information on this award, please visit    
www.dukeofed.org.                                                           
McNally Auditorium, Saint Mary's University, 923 Robie Street               
OPEN TO MEDIA                                                               
Media Contacts: Connie Miller in Nova Scotia: 902-237-4103; Victoria Selano 
in Toronto: 416-203-0674.                                                   

Wednesday, May 30

Halifax, Nova Scotia

8:30 a.m.                                                                   
Courtesy Call with Brigadier-General the Honourable J.J. Grant, Lieutenant  
Governor of Nova Scotia, and Mrs. Joan Grant                                
Government House, 1451 Barrington Street                                    
PHOTO OP-At the beginning of the courtesy call                              

Wednesday, May 30

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

12:45 p.m.                                                                  
Welcoming Group from the Memorial Club                                      
Upon his arrival in Yarmouth, His Excellency will be welcomed by some 40    
students from grades 7 to 12 who are members of the Memorial Club. The club 
was founded 25 years ago with the purpose of honouring Canadian veterans and
those who have died in service.                                             
Yarmouth International Airport                                              
PHOTO OP                                                                    
                                                                            
1 p.m.                                                                      
Courtesy Call with His Worship Phil Mooney, Mayor of Yarmouth               
Town Hall, 400 Main Street                                                  
PHOTO OP-Upon the Governor General's arrival and during the signing of the  
guest book                                                                  
                                                                            
1:40 p.m.                                                                   
Discussion on Innovation with Community Members                             
The Governor General, joined by the Mayor of Yarmouth, will meet with       
representatives from the business, education, culture and environment       
sectors to discuss how innovation can improve the social and economic       
development of the region. His Excellency will deliver remarks on this      
occasion.                                                                   
Council Chambers, Town Hall, 400 Main Street                                
OPEN TO MEDIA                                                               
                                                                            
3 p.m.                                                                      
Visit to Newell Lobster Pound                                               
His Excellency will get an overview of operations taking place in the       
lobster pound before heading out lobster fishing in the Harbour, an activity
that is vital to the economy of Yarmouth. Joined by an experienced          
lobsterman, the Governor General will help in hauling the lobster traps and 
checking the size of the catch.                                             
Yarmouth Harbour                                                            
CLOSED TO MEDIA-Visit to lobster pound                                      
OPEN TO MEDIA-Lobster fishing in the harbour                                
                                                                            
7:30 p.m.                                                                   
Reception Hosted by Mayor of Yarmouth                                       
In honour of his visit, His Excellency will have the opportunity to meet    
with residents and artists from the community. He will then deliver remarks 
to community members. The Governor General will present the Caring Canadian 
Award to recipients on this occasion. For more information about this award,
visit www.gg.ca/caring.                                                     
Town Hall, 400 Main Street                                                  
OPEN TO MEDIA                                                               

Thursday, May 31

West Pubnico, Nova Scotia

8:55 a.m.                                                                   
Courtesy Call with Mr. Aldric d'Entremont, Warden of the Municipality of the
District of Argyle                                                          
Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, 91 Old Church Road        
PHOTO OP-At the beginning of the courtesy call                              
                                                                            
9:30 a.m.                                                                   
Visit to the Village Historique Acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse               
His Excellency, joined by Mr. Roger d'Entremont, Executive Director of the  
Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, will visit the village,   
which showcases the life, culture and work of the Acadians in the early     
1900s.                                                                      
Village historique acadien de la Nouvelle-Ecosse, 91 Old Church Road        
OPEN TO MEDIA                                                               
                                                                            
10:05 a.m.                                                                  
Visit to the Acadian Fish Processors Ltd                                    
The Governor General will tour the seafood harvesting and processing plant. 
Acadian Fish Processors Ltd., 171 d'Entremont Road                          
FERME AUX MEDIAS                                                            
                                                                            
1 p.m.                                                                      
Meeting with Volunteers from the Musee des Acadiens des Pubnicos et Centre  
de recherche                                                                
His Excellency will meet with museum volunteers who administer the          
artifacts, documents and literature dating back to the 1700's that depict   
the history of Acadian ancestors.                                           
West Pubnico                                                                
PHOTO OP                                                                    
                                                                            
1:30 p.m.                                                                   
Gathering in Honour of the Governor General's Visit to Pubnico              
His Excellency will meet with and address residents of Pubnico and the      
District of Argyle during this gathering, which will feature Acadian        
cultural performances by local artists. The Governor General will present   
the Caring Canadian Award to one recipient on this occasion. For more       
information about this award, visit www.gg.ca/caring.                       
Centre de Pombcoup                                                          
OPEN TO MEDIA                                                               

Thursday, May 31

Halifax, Nova Scotia

4:30 p.m.                                                                   
Caring Canadian Award Ceremony                                              
In the presence of Brigadier-General the Honourable J.J. Grant, Lieutenant  
Governor of Nova Scotia, His Excellency will present the Caring Canadian    
Award to four recipients.                                                   
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.                                                           
Government House, 1451 Barrington Street                                    
OPEN TO MEDIA                                                               

2012 Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference

On June 1st and 2nd, His Excellency will open and attend this Conference in Halifax. Additional information related to the Governor General's Canadian Leadership Conference will follow in a separate media advisory.

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Contacts:
In Ottawa:
Marie-Eve Letourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-998-0287
613-302-0912 (cell.)
[email protected]

In Nova Scotia:
Joanne Charette
Official Spokesperson to the Governor General of Canada
613-852-5364 (cell.)
[email protected]

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