Governor General's Caring Canadian Award
PRESS RELEASE – May 31, 2013
OTTAWA—His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will be in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, on June 3 and 4, 2013. The program for this visit will focus on Smart and Caring initiatives, Asia-Pacific relations, and community-campus relations in Aboriginal communities—all issues at the heart of the Governor General’s pillars.
In addition, His Excellency will present the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award to a team of young baseball players who contribute to the well-being of their Little League peers.
Caring Canadian Award Presentation
His Excellency will present the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award to the Langley Little League team for their community service during the 2012 Pearl of Africa Series. The team raised funds with Right to Play Canada to help the Uganda Baseball and Softball Association provide hope and inspiration to that country’s children.
CARING CANADIAN AWARD RECIPIENTS AND CITATION
Ruth Hoffman – Pearl of Africa Series Coordinator
Nick Atkinson – Langley Little League player
Ian Burns – Langley Little League player
Cole Cantelon – Langley Little League player
Ken Dubois – Langley Little League player
Riley Ens – Langley Little League player
Connor McCreath – Langley Little League player
Trevor Miller – Langley Little League player
Yi-An Pan – Langley Little League player
Yi-Fan Pan – Langley Little League player
Colby Ring – Langley Little League player
Chuck Dufton – Umpire
Ed Levinson – Umpire
Rick Burns – Coach
Dean Cantelon – Coach
Christine Ens – Team coordinator
In August 2011, a Ugandan baseball team was scheduled to face the Langley team at the Little League World Series in the United States. However, the game had to be cancelled when the Ugandan players were denied visas to enter the United States. When Ruth Hoffman saw a picture of the Ugandan team huddled around a TV, watching the game they should have played, she was overwhelmed with a sense of injustice. The Langley team felt the same way. Together, they decided to travel to Uganda to hold the missed match-up. After working to mobilize support from the Langley community, Right to Play and Major League Baseball, the game took place: Uganda won by a score of 2-1. The larger story is how this baseball game has changed lives in Canada and Uganda by raising awareness of the impact of poverty, establishing a scholarship fund for the Ugandan team, and building lasting friendships between the young players on both teams.
About the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award
Created in 1995, the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award recognizes living Canadians and permanent residents who have made a significant, sustained, unpaid contribution to their community, in Canada or abroad. Often working behind the scenes, these individuals volunteer their time and efforts to help their fellow citizens. The award also brings to light the example set by volunteers, whose compassion and engagement are a part of our Canadian character. For more information about this award, visit www.gg.ca/caring.