June 4,2014(ISN) – OTTAWA – Today was the first day of the 2014 Celebration of Excellence, a three
day series of events where the Sochi 2014 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams
make public appearances in Ottawa and various cities throughout Alberta. Olympians
and Paralympians enjoyed a breakfast hosted by Ottawa Tourism, visited 36 schools,
Manoir Ronald McDonald House Ottawa, and were honoured at Parliament Hill, before
meeting with the Governor General at Rideau Hall.

The day started with a breakfast for athletes before they embarked on their tour,
hosted by Ottawa Tourism. This was followed by a cheque presentation ceremony to
Sochi medalling Olympians and their coaches.

Ottawa ON – June 4 2014 – Josh Dueck meets the Governor General, his excellency
David Johnston, during the Celebration of Excellence’s visit to Rideau Hall. (Photo:
Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

“It has been absolutely amazing spending time with kids at Charlotte-Lemieux elementary
public school today as part of the 2014 Celebration of Excellence,” said Dominique
Maltais, three-time Olympian, two-time Olympic medallist. “It is a real honour getting
to give back to the communities throughout Canada who have supported us so strongly
on our Olympic journeys.”

The athletes then visited 36 various schools in the Ottawa area, spending time with
some of their biggest fans.

Athletes also visited kids and families at Manoir Ronald McDonald House Ottawa,
celebrating the Olympic spirit and helping them celebrate their 30th anniversary
as a house with a special tree-planting ceremony.

“It was pretty cool to go back and visit Ronald McDonald House,” said para-snowboarder
John Leslie, whose parents stayed there for a year while he underwent cancer treatment
at age 11. “If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be back here with
a bunch of Olympians and Paralympians, it would have been hard to believe, but it’s
nice to know that the support that the house provides allows people to reach their
goals. Keep a smile on your face and no dream is too big!”