The Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada
His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, was awarded the 2010 Symons Medal and gave the 8th National Symons Lecture on the State of Canadian Confederation. The lecture took place on Monday, November 8, 2010 in the Centre’s Homburg Theatre1.
He was joined by the Premier of Prince Edward Island, the Honourable Robert Ghiz, and George Kitching, co-chair of the Symons Medal and Lecture.
“We are honoured to have His Excellency deliver the 2010 Symons Lecture during his first official visit to our province. Confederation Centre of the Arts is a national historic site, and Canada’s only memorial to the Fathers of Confederation. Hosting the Governor General at this time is most appropriate,” said Mr. H. Wayne Hambly, Chairman of the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust.
In 2022, the Homburg Theatre was renamed the Sobey Family Theatre in recognition of an outstanding gift of support.
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What are Relaxed Performances?
Sometimes referred to as sensory-friendly experiences, Relaxed Performances give the opportunity for those with various sensitivities towards sensory stimuli to experience and enjoy live theatre.
These performances will be designed in a way to be more comfortable for audience members who may experience anxiety or are not comfortable with some aspects of a traditional theatre setting. This can include people on the Autism Spectrum and their families; those with sensory and communicative disorders or learning disabilities; people with Tourette’s syndrome; someone who might need to move often due to chronic pain or to use the facilities; or even parents with toddlers.