Media Advisory - New Ontario Lieutenant Governor installation ceremony highlights

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Media Advisory - New Ontario Lieutenant Governor installation ceremony highlights

Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

TORONTO, Sept. 5 - David C. Onley will be installed as Ontario's 28th Lieutenant Governor at the Ontario Legislature on Wednesday, September 5, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.. Mr. Onley replaces the outgoing Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable James K. Bartleman. Event Summary for Wednesday, September 5, 2007 Mr. Onley will take his Oath of Allegiance and his Oath of Office before the Chief Justice of Ontario, the Honourable Warren K. Winkler. Invited dignitaries include Cabinet Ministers and senior provincial officials, the Reverend Dr. Sam Martin delivering the Invocation and Ms Sheila-Marie Cook, representing the Office of the Governor General of Canada. The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, will greet Mr. Onley on behalf of the Government of Canada. Performers during the ceremony include the St. Benedict Youth Choir and the Westminster Ensemble. A 15-gun salute by the 7th Toronto Regiment will announce Mr. Onley's installation. After the ceremony, Mr. Onley will inspect an honour guard composed of military units from across the province. Please Note: Accredited members of the Queen's Park Press Gallery may enter through the east or west entrance to the Legislature. Media who are not members should sign in with security between 12:00 and 1:30 p.m. and proceed to Room 387A for a media pass. Media must present proper media ID or a letter from their editor instructing them to cover the installation. Media passes will not be issued after 1:30 p.m. For more information on the Lieutenant Governor, please visit his web site: www.Lt.gov.on.ca Disponible en français THE HONOURABLE DAVID C. ONLEY, O.ONT. Contact Info When David C. Onley was appointed The Queen's representative in Ontario, his concern for people with disabilities became front page news. And when he took office on 5 September 2007, Ontario's 28th Lieutenant Governor became a highly placed champion for accessibility. The Honourable David C. Onley has championed disability issues on many fronts and for many years. Having lived with polio and post-polio syndrome since the age of three, he has broken through social barriers and become a role model. In his 22-year career with Citytv, he was Canada's first senior newscaster with a visible disability. A popular news anchor, host/producer, science and technology specialist, and weatherman, he showed that ability outshines disability. Mr Onley has worked tirelessly to improve accessibility for all. He has chaired the Government of Ontario's Accessibility Standards Advisory Council, and served on the SkyDome Accessibility Council and the Air Canada Centre Accessibility Committee. He has assisted the Muki Baum Association for Multiple Disabilities, the Ontario March of Dimes, Variety Village, the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons, and the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto. For his public service, Mr Onley has been honoured with the King Clancy Award for Disabled Persons, the Courage to Come Back Award, and the Positive Impact Award. He was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame and the Scarborough Walk of Fame, and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Canada Christian College. His best-selling novel Shuttle was nominated as Book of the Year in 1982 by the Periodical Distributor's Association, and he has contributed to television, radio and publications, often with a focus on science, technology, and faith. He co-founded and was president of the Aerospace Heritage Foundation. Born on 12 June 1950 in Midland, Ontario, David Onley attended local schools then graduated from the University of Toronto in 1975 with an Honours B.A. in Political Science. He worked as an intern at Queen's Park and attended the University of Windsor Law School. In view of his success in life, Mr Onley credits his Christian faith and the ongoing support of his wife, singer and Christian recording artist Ruth Ann Onley, and their three sons, Jonathan, Robert, and Michael. The Onleys live in Scarborough and are active members of the Safe Haven Worship Centre in Pickering. Disponible en français For further information: Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Director, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, (416) 325-7781; Nadine Dolly, Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs, (416) 212-4417 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Nanda Casucci-Byrne, Director, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, (416) 325-7781; Nadine Dolly, Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs, (416) 212-4417