Media Advisory – Her Excellency Sharon Johnston to Attend Because Mothers Matter Awards

May 15, 2017

OTTAWA—Her Excellency Sharon Johnston will deliver remarks at the 2017 Because Mothers Matter Awards presented by Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Canada, during a ceremony at the Embassy of France, in Ottawa, on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at 6 p.m. Her Excellency is a patron of HIPPY Canada.

The 2017 recipients are Ms. Sophie Grégoire Trudeau as well as two HIPPY Mothers: Mayssa Haj Ali, a refugee mother from HIPPY Ottawa, and Tracy Joseph, an Aboriginal HIPPY mother from Vancouver.

About the HIPPY Because Mothers Matter Awards
Each year a number of Because Mothers Matter Awards are given – one to a prominent Canadian mother who has achieved noteworthy success while giving back to her community and to HIPPY mothers who have succeeded using the HIPPY program to help their children and themselves.

About HIPPY Canada
HIPPY is an evidence-based program that works with families in the home to support parents, primarily mothers, in their critical role as their child’s first and most important teacher. HIPPY strengthens families and communities by empowering mothers to actively prepare their children for success in school.

HIPPY Canada currently operates 18 multicultural and 10 Aboriginal HIPPY sites, and has served more than10, 000 low-income, newcomer and Aboriginal mothers. For more information, visit


Media wishing to cover the event are asked to confirm their attendance with the French Embassy by noon on the day of the event and must arrive at 4:45 p.m.

Media information:

Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office
613-302-0912 (cell)

Eric Navel
French Embassy in Canada

Mecca Clipsham
HIPPY Canada


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