Teachers and educators,
In my installation speech, following my appointment in October 2010 as the 28th governor general of Canada, I emphasized how critically important education is to our vision of Canada as a smart and caring nation.
As a lifelong educator, I believe it is essential that we fully understand our country, our history and our democratic institutions. Studying the past is the key to understanding the present and navigating the future. And for this, we need our teachers.
As such, I am delighted to invite you to discover Eduzone, a new online educational tool designed for you and your students. Launched on October 1, 2012, Eduzone provides educational and multimedia resources that help in learning more about the role of governor general and the history of this position.
Along with Eddy, Eduzone’s mascot, I invite you to:
- make use of educational kits, each containing a lesson plan and activities on the governor general’s role, heraldry in Canada and other topics that will be added in the near future;
- discover the two official residences—Rideau Hall in Ottawa and the Citadelle in Québec, both steeped in history—through the school programs offered on-site;
- browse the photo gallery, which includes historical photos;
- and follow Eddy’s space adventure as he joins Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield during his time aboard the International Space Station.
In the spirit of building a smarter, more caring nation, the EducAction section features a space where you can share stories about volunteer efforts made by you or your school that have made a difference in your community.
For more information about Eduzone, I invite you to visit gg.ca/eduzone and to subscribe to our EduBulletin at gg.ca/edubulletin to stay up to date. I look forward to hearing what you think of this tool and of its educational resources. Please send us your comments, questions and suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in education,
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston
Governor General of Canada