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Moments and Reflections: Three Years as Governor General

October 1, 2013

As Sharon and I look back on my three years as governor general, we are amazed at how quickly the time has gone by. In that time, we have visited every corner of this country and have seen the level of compassion that Canadians have for one another.

I have participated in the Terry Fox Run with children in the North. I have helped to build a Habitat for Humanity house in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. I have honoured the citizens of Calgary for their service to others during the flooding this past summer. I have witnessed examples of giving throughout this nation, on both large and small scales, of neighbour helping neighbour.

Moreover, I have seen the effect that giving has on communities.

I have always said that everyone has something to give, be it time, talent or resources. Whatever Canadians have given, whenever they have given, they have made this a smarter, more caring nation.

Yet, as much good as I have seen, there is still so much need as well.

From mental illness to poverty and so many other issues, Canadians are already taking on a number of challenges. They are leveraging the power of volunteerism and philanthropy to enact change, to improve the well-being of other Canadians.

Whether you help an entire community or just one person, when you give, you are making this a better world.

Giving as a concept can describe so many different actions. It is quite broad in scope. But giving can be broken down into individual moments—moments of altruism from the heart, moments that we can all share with one another.

As Canadians have shared their stories with me, I have in turn shared their stories with others across the country and around the world. In this way, I hope to inspire Canadians to discover what they have to give.

Both Sharon and I look forward to the next stage of my mandate, where we will be connecting with Canadians in a special way to inspire them to think about their giving moment. 

Until then, we would like to thank each and every Canadian who has helped to make the past three years so special; we are excited to share with you the next step of our journey.