By Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston
ver the years, Sharon and I have walked many kilometres of the Trans Canada Trail and celebrated Trail openings in communities across the nation. Everywhere we go, we are always impressed by the TCT volunteers we meet.
At 24,000 kilometres in length when fully connected, Canada’s national Trail is made up of more than 430 local sections, each one managed by a municipality or Trail group, many of which are volunteer organizations. These dedicated, passionate volunteers contribute countless hours to develop and maintain their community’s trails.
They are part of a massive, sustained volunteer effort – the TCT project was launched for Canada’s 125th anniversary in 1992 and, for the past 23 years, TCT volunteers have been demonstrating their commitment to connecting our country at human speed.
When these volunteers give their time and talent to advance the Trail in their own communities, it has a ripple effect – the momentum grows and expands and, before you know it, we are all working together to build a smarter and more caring Canada.
There are opportunities around us every day to make a positive difference through volunteerism – these are what I call “giving moments.” I encourage Canadians to seize these moments, and act upon them. Why not make the Trail YOUR giving moment, and get involved as a TCT volunteer in your own community?
Sharon and I are pleased to be the Honorary Patrons of the Trans Canada Trail, and we stand by this impressive effort to connect Canada from St. John’s to Victoria and Tuktoyaktuk by 2017.
By coming together, we can help achieve this goal for Canada’s 150th birthday, and see the Trail serve as a natural outdoor stage for celebrating this milestone together as a nation.