By accepting this role, this recognition is a validation of the worthiness of our cause.
Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
C.C., C.M.M., C.O.M., C.Q., C.D.
Governor General of Canada
By celebrating generosity and developing new approaches to philanthropy and volunteerism, Their Excellencies seek to renew and deepen Canada’s commitment to caring. “By offering our time, talent and resources, we can all play a role in bridging the gap that undermines hope in our society,” says the Governor General.
Philanthropy and volunteerism are grounded in the understanding that everyone has something to give and to gain by sharing. This wonderful reciprocity of giving has been a constant throughout Canada’s history, and by celebrating and building upon our unique experiences in helping each other, we can foster a more caring nation.