It’s rare one gets a chance to meet the Governor General of Canada, a unique experience Prince Albert residents can notch in their memory on Tuesday.
Gov. Gen. David Johnston and wife Sharon will arrive in Prince Albert at about 12:45 p.m., kicking off their tour of Saskatchewan.
“I think it’s very significant,” Mayor Jim Scarrow said. “It’s great for our city and community to have the Governor General visit us and for him to see the city and area we live in.”
Hosted by the City of Prince Albert, the guests’ public stop will be at the E. A. Rawlinson Centre, where the public is invited to greet the city’s special guests from about 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
This first component will be held outside, unless bad weather forces it indoors.
Following the public introduction, the Johnston’s will be brought inside, where hundreds of Grade 7 and 8 students from the Prince Albert Catholic Schools and Conseil des ecoles fransaskoises will learn about Johnston’s role as governor general.
The Saskatchewan Rivers School Division is excluded because the division isn’t holding classes on Tuesday.
Johnston will then move on to City Hall to meet with Scarrow, followed by a visit to Community Mobilization Prince Albert, where he’ll participate in a roundtable discussion about the award-winning initiative.
I think it’s very significant. It’s great for our city and community to have the Governor General visit us and for him to see the city and area we live in. - Mayor Jim Scarrow
“Since one of the Governor General’s responsibilities is to recognize excellence in this country and to pay tribute to exceptional achievements, so we could receive no higher honour than to be privileged with his visit,” executive director Ken Hunter said in a release.
Prince Albert Grand Council dignitaries will then meet with Johnston.
The day will cap off with Johnston presenting three local residents with Governor General’s Caring Canadian Awards at the Alfred Jenkins Field House.
About 300 invitations have been sent out to community stewards for the private function, including mainly those involved in volunteer organizations.
“The volunteers are what make Prince Albert what it is,” Scarrow said.
The main draw, though, is Johnston’s public appearance outside the E. A. Rawlinson Centre, from about 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. — an event Scarrow hopes to see packed with local well-wishers.
“It will be an honour to introduce the spirit of our community, the people and volunteer accomplishments during their excellencies’ stay with us.”