Media Advisory - Their Excellencies to Speak at Families in Canada Conference 2015

OTTAWA, June 8, 2015 /CNW/ - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada and Mrs. Sharon Johnston will open the Families in Canada Conference 2015 on Wednesday, June 10, 2015, at 8:45 a.m., at the Ottawa Marriott Hotel. This event will mark the 50th anniversary of the Vanier Institute of the Family, which was founded in 1965, by General The Right Honourable Georges P. Vanier following the original Canadian Conference on the Family.

"Sharon and I are pleased to have this opportunity to share our views and experience on family life," said the Governor General. "As the parents of five daughters and the grandparents of twelve grandchildren, we have a deep appreciation for and understanding of the importance of family.  Whatever the nature of one's family, kin or community, we all greatly benefit from the love and support of those who are dearest to us.  Families are the fabric of our society and fundamentally impact and shape who we are."

About the Families in Canada Conference
The Families in Canada Conference 2015 is a national, bilingual event that will bring together diverse leaders to mobilize research, build knowledge networks, foster connections and inspire minds from across the country. Through a series of catalytic conversations, speakers, panellists and delegates at this event will discuss the stories and statistics behind a wide range of topics related to families and family life in Canada. For more information, visit

About the Vanier Institute of the Family
The Vanier Institute of the Family is a national, independent, charitable organization dedicated to understanding the diversity and complexity of families and the reality of family life in Canada. Through publications, research initiatives, presentations and social media, the Institute works to enhance the national understanding of how families interact with, have an impact on and are affected by social, economic, environmental and cultural forces. For more information, visit


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For further information: Media information: Dominique Collin, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-993-2569,; Nora Spinks, Vanier Institute of the Family, 18003314937, ext. 213, ; Follow GGDavidJohnston and RideauHall on Facebook and Twitter.

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