Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Governor General David Johnston White-Hatted

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, made his first Civic Call to Calgary, and was welcomed and white-hatted by Mayor Naheed Nenshi.

He also attended a meeting with members of Council and The City’s Administrative Leadership Team.

”I was very pleased that His Excellency made a point to visit Calgary, and we were able to have a focused discussion on a number of different topics including the Governor General’s aspirations for youth engagement, innovation and technology, the urban agenda in Canada and, of course, Calgary’s recent civic election,” said Mayor Nenshi.

A class of grade nine students from Sir Wilfrid Laurier School, who were attending City Hall School for the week, watched and cheered as Mayor Nenshi white hatted the Governor General. Calgary’s white hat is a symbol of Calgary’s hospitality. The tradition of ‘white-hatting’ visitors or dignitaries has become known throughout the world as representing Calgary, and the white hat is a unique gift that speaks directly to Calgary’s history and also to Calgary’s future.

City Hall School recently celebrated 10 years of inviting teachers to relocate their classes to the Municipal Building for one week thereby giving students the opportunity to learn about civic government from City staff members and members of Council, while participating in customized civic programs.

“City Hall School is all about helping kids become active and engaged citizens, and having the students from Sir Wilfrid Laurier be a part of the white hat ceremony was a terrific way for them to witness different levels of government coming together to support each other,” said Diane Murray, coordinator of City Hall School.

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