The Viceregal Lion
  1. The Governor General of Canada
  2. Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
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Have a great summer!

Dear teachers and educators,

For the Eduzone team, the school year that is soon coming to a close has been enriching and has given us the opportunity to meet with many teachers and students in the course of some of the Governor General’s official activities and as part of our educational programs. We are continually impressed by your hard work and dedication and that of your colleagues for the benefit of young Canadian minds from coast to coast to coast. Your contribution is vital to building what the Governor General has dubbed “a smart and caring nation.”

We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the graduating student in your school who will be receiving the Governor General’s Academic Medal. Created in 1873 by Governor General Lord Dufferin, the Medal encourages academic excellence and speaks to how important education is to our institution. This year, more than 3 300 students across Canada will be awarded the Medal. We know that behind these academic achievements are men and women who are dedicated to seeing their students succeed. Bravo and thank you, one and all!

And after all of this work and effort, what could be better than relaxing under a tree with a good book? If you find a little downtime this summer, take a look at the list of books that have won the Governor General’s Literary Awards—that’s over 650 titles since 1936! This is a wonderful resource for adding to your summer reading list, for both you and your students. From fiction to non-fiction, children’s literature to poetry, in English or French, there is something for everyone from some of the leading figures in Canadian literature. To get you started, the 2014 English‑language award winners were:

  • Thomas KING, The Back of the Turtle (HarperCollins, fiction);
  • Arleen PARÉ, Lake of Two Mountains (Brick Books, poetry);
  • Jordan TANNAHILL, Age of Minority: Three Solo Plays (Playwrights Canada Press, drama);
  • Michael HARRIS, The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection (HarperCollins, non-fiction);
  • Raziel REID, When Everything Feels like the Movies (Arsenal Pulp Press, children’s literature/text);
  • Jillian and Mariko TAMAKI, This One Summer (Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, children’s literature/illustration);
  • François-Marc GAGNON, Paul-Émile Borduas: A Critical Biography (McGill-Queen’s University Press, laureate for its English translation by Peter Feldstein).


Finally, we are pleased to inform you that once again this summer, we will be having Storytime at Rideau Hall every Friday and Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., from June 27 to August 22. This outdoor family activity is hosted in collaboration with Frontier College, a Canadian non-profit organization that promotes literacy. If you are in the Ottawa area, come share your love of reading with us while discovering an important historic site. If you find yourself in Québec, take a tour of the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle and learn more about the history and role of the governor general of Canada.

The Grand Livre de Champlain, on display at the Residence of the Governor General at the Citadelle of Québec; Storytime, a family activity at Rideau Hall, Ottawa.
Photos: Rideau Hall


“Learning is so important. It can transform lives, and change the world.” (Governor General David Johnston, Wendake, Quebec, March 25, 2015)

Have a great summer!

Eddy and the Eduzone team

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