Governor General to Visit Guelph

OTTAWA, June 23, 2015 /CNW/ - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be in Guelph on Thursday, June 25, 2015. He will attend the dedication and unveiling of the LCol John McCrae Statue, visit the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market and deliver a keynote address at the Guelph Awards of Excellence Gala.

10:15 a.m.
Dedication and Unveiling of the LCol John McCrae Statue
Along with Cam Guthrie, Mayor of Guelph, His Excellency will dedicate and unveil the LCol John McCrae Statue to honour the 100th anniversary of the writing of "In Flanders Fields".

May 3, 2015, marked the centennial anniversary of the poem, "In Flanders Fields", written by LCol John McCrae. McCrae was born in Guelph in 1872 and his birthplace home stands today as a museum. To honour this man and his famous poem, The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery commissioned famous sculptor Ruth Abernethy to create a statue depicting John McCrae at the historic moment of the poem's completion.
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Ella Pauls, Manager of Cultural Affairs and Tourism; 519-822-1260 Ext. 2589; ella.pauls@guelph.ca 

11:35 a.m.
Courtesy call with the Mayor of Guelph
His Excellency will meet with His Worship Cam Guthrie and sign the city's guest book.
Guelph Civic Museum, 52 Norfolk Street, Guelph
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY - At the beginning of the meeting
MEDIA CONTACT: Ella Pauls, Manager of Cultural Affairs and Tourism; 519-822-1260
Ext. 2589; ella.pauls@guelph.ca 

12:00 p.m.
LCol John McCrae Statue Reception
His Excellency will attend the reception hosted by the City of Guelph and The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery.
CLOSED TO MEDIA

1:45 p.m.
Visit to St. Jacobs Farmers' Market
His Excellency will visit the rebuilt St. Jacobs Farmers' Market building and meet with vendors and members of the community.

St. Jacobs Farmers' Market is home to over 400 vendors housed in three buildings and a seasonal outdoor market. Local food producers, Old Order Mennonite farmers, butchers, bakers and flea market vendors have done business at the St. Jacobs Market since the early 1970s. The original market building was destroyed by fire in September 2013, but vendors carried on with strong community support that included a fundraising campaign to assist vendors in replacing lost inventory and equipment. A new main market building opened in June 2015.
878 Weber Street North, Waterloo
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Marilyn Wideman Feil, 519-664-2293 ext 232; mfeil@stjacobs.com 

5:30 p.m.
Guelph Awards of Excellence Gala
His Excellency will be the keynote speaker at the 16th annual Guelph Awards of Excellence Gala. This event celebrates philanthropy and citizenship, as well as business success in a variety of categories.

The Awards of Excellence is Guelph's premier appreciation event of the year where they celebrate exceptional individuals and businesses in the community. 
Delta Guelph Hotel & Conference Centre, 50 Stone Road West, Guelph
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA CONTACT: Kithio Mwanzia, President & CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce; 519-822-8081 Ext 224; kithio@guelphchamber.com 

 

SOURCE Government House

For further information: Dominique Collin, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-513-6324, dominique.collin@gg.ca, Follow GGDavidJohnston and RideauHall on Facebook and Twitter.

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