Lieutenant Governor of Alberta - April to August 2020 Activity Report

This is an overview of activities  by Her Honour, the Hon. Lois E. Mitchell from April to August 2020. This marked an extraordinary period in our history, with the pandemic changing the way we all do business. Her Honour adapted by embracing innovation and using virtual platforms to continue meeting, encouraging and celebrating Albertans and their communities. She also sent letters of encouragement to those working in essential sectors.

Read Her Honour's End of Tenure Message

 

Her Honour with authors Wilson and Charlene Bearhead, reading Siha Tooskin Know the Gifts of His People for the Summer Virtual Reading ClubEncouraging Albertans to embrace online learning

As Albertans of all ages moved to online platforms for school and business, Lieutenant Governor Mitchell found ways to help keep everyone learning, exploring and moving from home. This included:

  •  Sharing links to Active for Life programs to encourage Alberta parents to keep their families moving.
  •  Modifying the Lt. Governor’s Alberta History Quiz Showoriginally for Grade 4 students, to create special contests for Alberta Girl Guides and the general public; 

  • Taking part in a Calgary Chamber of Commerce Webinar for businesses working to adapt to the pandemic (April 7);

  • Enjoying a Google Online Classroom visit with students from Ecole Pinegrove Middle School, Edson (June 3); 
  • Taping a video as part of the Royal Canadian Navy and Valour Canada’s online Ship to Shore pilot program; 
  • Reading a story with Charlene and Wilson Bearhead for the Alberta Summer Virtual Reading Club;
  • Celebrating the women and future candidates at the AskHerYYC’s PrepareHer graduation ceremony (July 29);
  • Joining in an Alberta Chambers of Commerce Virtual Panel on the effects of the pandemic (Aug 5).

 

Using technology to bring Albertans together and foster community spirit

Her Honour took part in many virtual celebrations designed to mark special days, lift Albertans’ spirits and unite communities across the province. These online events were an innovative way to mark:

The Lieutenant Governor  also taped a pep talk video to encourage members of JR Achievement Northern Alberta and NWT and joined in the virtual opening ceremonies for the 4-H Alberta Beef and Sheep Show on July 7.

 

Honouring achievement, service & citizenship

The Lieutenant Governor maintained her commitment to celebrating the service and accomplishments of Albertans, using technology to host events honouring people of all ages and taking part in online events hosted by other organizations. This includes:

  • Joining in an online version of the Calgary Mayor’s  annual Lunch for Arts Champions (April 1); 
  • Offering a virtual version of the semi-annual Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Awards (June 4);
  • Hosting an online event to mark the 75th Anniversary of Victory in Europe and announcing the SPIRIT of Victory  speech contest winners (June 5); 
  • Celebrating Canada’s top university athletes through a virtual USPORTS Lieutenant Governor’s Athletic Award and migrating leadership development sessions for finalists to a Zoom format. (June 25); and
  • Presenting young Albertans with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Awards in an online celebration (July 14). 

 

A welcome return to in-person events

As pandemic restrictions began to lift, Her Honour was excited to meet with Albertans at events where she:

  •  Toured Legal’s outdoor murals and visiting with community leaders (June 10);
  •  Presented Alberta youth and cadets with their SPIRIT of Victory speaking contest prizes at small gatherings at McDougall Centre (June 15);
  •  Invested new members in the Order of St. John at a small ceremony at Government House (June 18);
  •  Administered the Oath of Office to install the new  Chancellor of the University of Alberta (June 18);
  •  Recognized volunteers to Her Honour’s office with the Vice-Regal Commendation (May and June);
  • Took part in a recognition event with Western Sky Land Trust (June 29);
  • Joined in a recognition event for teachers who took part in the Ship to Shore pilot program (July 8);
  • Met with Ministerial Interns to mark completion of their summer program (Aug 6); 
  • Presented the Lieutenant Governor’s Social Studies Education Student Awards in Edmonton (Aug 12) and Calgary (Aug 17 & 21);
  • Thanked military leaders at the Third Canadian Division Change of Command ceremony at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton (Aug 14);
  • Celebrated recipients of the Lieutenant Governor’s Emerging Artist Award in Edmonton (Aug 19) and Calgary (Aug 21); 
  • Signs of Change Louvre at Century Park site unveiling in Edmonton (Aug 250:
  • Reminisced at end of tenure gatherings, including a dinner hosted by the Premier on August 25.

 

Constitutional duties

The Lieutenant Governor's constitutional responsibilities are central to the system of government and were unaffected by pandemic restrictions. Her Honour continued to sign Orders-in Council and grant Royal Assent. She also presided over a Cabinet swearing-in Aug 25.