The Prime Minister’s Office confirms the impending end of Michaelle Jean’s term as Governor General and her next mandate as a UN special envoy and namesake of her own foundation.
“As UNESCO Special Envoy to Haiti, Michaëlle Jean will draw upon her unique experience and dedication to Haiti, as well as her commitment to educational and cultural initiatives,” said the Prime Minister. “She will be in a position to further advance the international community’s response to the urgent needs in Haiti as it recovers from January’s devastating earthquake. The appointment is also a tribute to Canada’s leadership role in rebuilding Haiti.”
The Governor General will continue her educational and cultural initiatives in Canada through the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, which will use art and creativity to encourage and promote citizen engagement, particularly youth from underprivileged, rural and northern communities across Canada. The Foundation will support community groups in addressing social challenges, will use intergenerational dialogue and other creative methods as tools to support the development of youth as agents for positive change and will bring together community groups to foster civic participation.