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Come to the Manulife Sir John A. Bicentennial Birthday Bash

January 6, 2015 -

You're invited! Join us for Sir John A. Macdonald's 200th birthday bash! Glasses will be raised and celebrations nationwide will mark the birth of Sir John A., Canada's first prime minister, but the biggest commemoration will be right here in Kingston, his adopted home.

"I am thrilled to extend a warm invitation to all Kingstonians, Ontarians and Canadians to join us for Sir John A.'s Birthday Bash!" said City of Kingston Mayor Bryan Paterson. "Arguably, no city has a greater claim to Macdonald than Kingston and we have the unique opportunity to explore the man, his life and his role in shaping our local history."

Join Mayor Paterson along with local dignitaries, past Canadian prime ministers and special guests for the Manulife Sir John A. Bicentennial Birthday Bash on Sunday, Jan. 11 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Memorial Hall, City Hall, 216 Ontario St. This free family event includes music, cake, a toonie exchange with the Royal Canadian Mint, a receiving line of dignitaries and more! 

"Sir John A. Macdonald was Canada's first Prime Minister and Manulife's first president," said Marianne Harrison, President & CEO, Manulife Canada. "He was a leader and a visionary for the country and our Company, and we are pleased to support this bicentennial celebration of his life and extraordinary accomplishments."

Sir John A. came to Canada from Scotland to Kingston when he was five years old.  It was here that he went to school, became a lawyer and began his political career as a city alderman. His connection to our local history runs deep. The Bicentennial of his birth offers the opportunity to explore Sir John A.'s life and legacy as a new Canadian, Kingstonian and Canada's First Prime Minister.

For more about City of Kingston Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial events, programs and projects: www.CityofKingston.ca/SirJohnA

For more about other Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial events happening in Kingston throughout 2015: www.canadacomeshome.ca and www.sirjohna2015.ca/

About the City of Kingston

The City of Kingston provides municipal services to 120,000 residents living in this visually stunning, historic city, often ranked one of the best places to live in Canada. In 2014, it was named a Top 7 Smart Community by the Intelligent Community Forum. Our vision – to become Canada's most sustainable city – focuses our efforts on: environmental responsibility, social equity, economic health and cultural vitality. Please visit www.CityofKingston.ca and join the conversation on social media.

About Manulife

Manulife is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. We operate as John Hancock in the U.S. and as Manulife in other parts of the world. We provide strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for our customers' significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife and its subsidiaries were approximately C$663 billion (US$591 billion) as of September 30, 2014.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘945' on the SEHK. Manulife can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.

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Media contact: For more information contact Christina Thomson, assistant to the mayor, 613-546-4291, ext. 1405, or call communications at 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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