Michaëlle Jean to Pay Tribute to Citizens Making a Difference in their Community, during upcoming Calgary Visit

Media Advisory

OTTAWA—In her capacity as Co-President of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation (FMJF), the Rt. Hon. Michaëlle Jean will visit Calgary, Alberta, on November 17, 2011 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the YWCA and to salute citywide efforts to engage youth as active citizens in their communities.

“I am delighted to return to Calgary to salute the many women and men who are striving to break the cycle of domestic violence, homelessness and poverty afflicting far too many women and children in our society,” said the Former Governor General. “I will also take the opportunity to meet with some dynamic young people, who are using creativity in the city to ignite social change.”

In the evening, Mme Jean will deliver the keynote speech at the YWCA of Calgary’s inaugural “WhyWhisper Gala.” During her address, she will pay tribute to the organization’s efforts to eradicate violence against women and to eliminate poverty. At 2:30 pm, the Co-President of FMJF will visit the Mission Cliff Bungalow Arts Centre for the discussion with youth. Mme Jean will also receive an honorary degree, at a special convocation ceremony at the University of Calgary, during which she will deliver a speech about the ways in which higher education sustains democracy.

Here is the itinerary of the visit:

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Special Convocation Ceremony at the University of Calgary

The ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. at the University of Calgary’s Eckhardt-Gramatté Concert Hall at the Rozsa Centre, 2500 University Dr. NW. The entire ceremony will be open to the media.

Visit to the Mission Cliff Bungalow Arts Centre

The discussion will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at 2105 Cliff Street SW. Media are invited to arrive at 3:45 p.m. for the end of the discussion and performances.

WhyWhisper Gala

The gala will take place at 7 p.m. at the Telus Convention Centre, located at 120, 9th Avenue SE. The keynote speech will be open to the media.

For more information about the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, please contact Peter Flegel at 613.562.5468 or through email at pflegel@fmjf.ca.

For more information about the WhyWhisper Gala, please contact Jessica Moran at 403.589.2348 or through email at jmoran@brooklinepr.com.

For more information about the University of Calgary’s Special Convocation Ceremony, please contact Brooke Hunter at 403.852.5047 or through email at blhunter@ucalgary.ca.

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About the Michaëlle Jean Foundation: The Michaëlle Jean Foundation believes that the arts are powerful tools to generate dialogue and ignite a sense of community. FMJF is there for and with Canadians, specially our youth, who use the arts to take action for a better society.

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