Happy Canada Day 2013: The Celebration of Literacy at Rideau Hall; and His Highness the Aga Khan’s Fondness for Canada

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THE LAUNCH OF STORYTIME AT RIDEAU HALL

2013 Storytime launch at Rideau Hall

A traditional custom around Canada Day is the launch of Storytime at Rideau Hall, the residence of the Governor General of Canada, which is located just across from the Prime Minister’s home on Sussex Drive in Ottawa. This year’s Storytime was launched by Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, along with Frontier College volunteers on Saturday, June 29, 2013, at 11 a.m. Generally the launch takes place outdoor, but due to the weather, the launch took place in the beautiful Tent Room inside Rideau Hall. More than 210 people attended the launch, at which His Excellency read “Cats’ Night Out” by Caroline Stutson, who writes picture books for children. Photograph: Cpl Roxanne Shewchuk, Rideau Hall.

Storytime 2013 launch at Rideau Hall

As the story was read, Their Excellencies encouraged children in attendance to play musical instruments. Photo: Cpl Roxanne Shewchuk, Rideau Hall.

2013 Storytime at Rideau Hall

Children, some with Canadian flag beside them, enjoying the launch of  Storytime at Rideau Hall. Over the summer months this activity will be hosted in collaboration with Frontier College, a Canadian non-profit organization that promotes literacy. Photo: Cpl Roxanne Shewchuk, Rideau Hall.

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HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN AND CANADA

When Peter Mansbridge of the CBC opened his “One on One” interview (see link below) with His Highness the Aga Khan with the remark “You must love Canada – you keep coming back here,” the reply was: “I do.” The Ismaili Imam then mentioned a number of qualities that he admired about Canada:

…First of all, it’s a pluralist society that has invested in building pluralism, where communities from all different backgrounds and faiths are happy. It’s a modern country that deals with modern issues, not running away from the tough ones. And a global commitment to values, to Canadian values, which I think are very important.

To coincide with Canada Day which is being celebrated on Monday, July 1, 2013, across the country with pancake breakfasts, parades, concerts, carnivals, festivals, firework displays and citizenship ceremonies for new Canadians, Simergphotos brings you a selection of photos of His Highness the Aga Khan with the current and the two previous Governor Generals of Canada, along with an insightful study by Mohib Ebrahim entitled “His Highness the Aga Khan and Canada: A Profound Affinity – But Why Canada?”

To download the article, which originally appeared at this blog’s companion literary website on October 13, 2010, please click on His Highness the Aga Khan and Canada

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HIS HIGHNESS THE AGA KHAN WITH CANADA’S GOVERNOR GENERALS

With His Excellency Right Honourable David Johnston

In the following two photos, His Highness the Aga Khan is seen being welcomed at Rideau Hall on October 7, 2010, by the present and 28th Governor General of Canada, His Excellency Right Honourable David Johnston, during the 49th Ismaili Imam’s visit to Ottawa on the occasion of the inaugural board meeting of the Global Centre for Pluralism. Photographer: Sgt. Serge Gouin, Rideau Hall.
The Governor Genral of Canada with His Highness the Aga Khan

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The Governor General of Canada with His Highness the Aga Khan

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With Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean
In the following photos, Canada’s 27th Governor General from 2005-2010, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean is seen welcoming His Highness the Aga Khan at Rideau Hall on November 19, 2008 on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee visit to Canada. Photographer: MCpl Jean-Francois Neron, Rideau Hall.
The Governor General of Canada with His Highness the Aga Khan
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The Governor General of Canada with His Highness the Aga Khan
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The Governor General of Canada with His Highness the Aga Khan
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The Governor General of Canada with His Highness the Aga Khan
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The Governor General of Canada with His Highness the Aga Khan
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With Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson
In the following pictures Canada’s 26th Governor General from 1999-2005, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, is seen presenting the Order of Canada decoration to His Highness the Aga Khan on June 6, 2005. Photographs: Sgt Eric Jolin, Rideau Hall.
Order of Canada
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Order of Canada
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Order of Canada
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Order of Canada
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Date posted: Saturday, June 29, 2013.
Date updated: July 1, 2013 (more photos added)

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Peter Mansbridge interview: One on One: Peter Mansbridge with His Highness the Aga Khan