The following is an overview of activities and programs undertaken by Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell from January to March 2020.
Note: a number of community events originally scheduled for mid to late March were cancelled or postponed due to precautions surrounding the COVID-19 virus.
The Lieutenant Governor supports many programs tied to her love of education and desire to foster creativity and lifelong learning for all Albertans. This includes:
• Launching the SPIRIT of Victory speech contest for students to learn about the 75th anniversary of victory in Europe;
• Touring Glenora School in Edmonton (Jan 24);
• Taking in the Anne Frank Exhibit at the McKay Ave School Museum and Archives in Edmonton (Jan 31);
• Joining in the Stem Fellowship’s Big Data Day at the University of Calgary (Feb 28);
• Learning at a Walrus Leadership Luncheon (Mar 4);
• Attending St. Mary’s University President’s Dinner (Mar 5);
• Taking part in the James S. Palmer Lecture Series at the University of Calgary (Mar 10);
In her role as the Crown representative in Alberta, Lieutenant Governor Mitchell opened the 2nd Session of the 30th Legislature on February 25 by reading the Speech from the Throne.
Her Honour also signed Orders in Council and granted Royal Assent to bills brought forward by the Legislative Assembly.
Lieutenant Governor Mitchell was pleased to present a Commonwealth Points of Light Award on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, at a special ceremony at McDougall Centre in Calgary co-hosted with the British Consul General on February 3.
Her Honour joined with Albertans in celebrating the province’s rich multicultural diversity at the:
• Unveiling of Alberta’s Tartan Dress, created by designer Michael Kaye (Jan 23);
• 100th Annual Robbie Burns Dinner in Edmonton (Jan 24);
• RCMP K Div. Pipes and Drums Burns Dinner (Jan 25);
• Lunar New Year events in Calgary (Jan 27) and Edmonton (Feb 7);
• Black History Month Celebrations in Edmonton (Feb 13) and Calgary (Feb 19);
• Alberta Francophonie Month Kick off in Calgary (Mar 3).
Her Honour regularly takes part in events to celebrate valuable community programs that work to build Albertans’ quality of life in a wide range of areas. Gatherings this quarter included:
• A celebration at the Connect-Up with Downs Centre in Calgary (Jan 9);
• A Shoe Project performance of Steps Up in Calgary (Jan 26);
• A tour of the Fort Saskatchewan Library (Feb 11);
• The YWhisper Gala, Calgary (Mar 4);
• The Blackfoot Confederacy Tribal Council Health Symposium 2020 (Mar 10);
• The launch of a new Community Helpers Program Resource for mental health (Mar 11).
Celebrating Albertans' contributions is a central part of vice-regal duties. The year began with an opportunity to thank military members and their families at the annual New Year’s Day levee. Other events included:
• Joining in the 117 Rosslyn Scouts Awards Night (Jan 23);
• Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the 20th Field Artillery with a dinner at Government House (Feb 1);
• Encouraging Armed Forces veterans at a Treble Victor monthly meeting in Edmonton (Feb 11);
• Attending Calgary’s Grand Highland Military Ball (Feb 29);
• Presenting the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers to citizens from Calgary (Jan 3) and Barrhead (Feb 11);
• Attending at the Cpt. Nichola Goddard Roundtable (Mar 9).
Their Honours enjoy any opportunity to encourage Alberta’s artists and arts organizations. Events this quarter included:
•Touring the Katie Ohe Exhibit at Esker Foundation Contemporary Art Gallery in Calgary (Jan 30);
• Opening the 45th Annual Johann Strauss Ball (Feb 8);
• Attending the Edmonton Opera Valentine’s Gala (Feb 12);
• Supporting the Calgary Youth Singers at the 2020 Hearts Out Gala in Calgary (Mar 7);
• Attending Contemporary Calgary's LOOK2020 Gala (Mar 7).
The Lieutenant Governor is a passionate advocate of work to care for the land and to encourage and support Alberta farmers. Opportunities this quarter to learn from and engage with leaders in the area included the:
• Calgary Chamber's Natural Resources Agriculture Summit (Jan 16);
• Royal Canadian Geographical Society luncheon at McDougall Centre (Jan 23);
• Western Sky Land Trust Reception in Calgary (Jan 30);
• Grand Opening of Simpson Centre for Agricultural and Food Innovation & Public Education at the University of Calgary (Feb 7);
• 18th Bentley Lecture in Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Alberta (Feb 11).
Their Honours are fans of Alberta’s and Canada’s athletes and supporters of programs that foster sport and active living. Related events included the:
• Spirit of Excellence celebration Her Honour hosted for the Jesters Lacrosse U19 Female & Calgary Roughnecks National Lacrosse League Champions (Feb 4);
• Winsport Community Connect & Outlook, Calgary (Feb 5);
• Opening of ISU World Cup Speed Skating Competition in Calgary (Feb 7) & Alberta Winter Games in Airdrie (Feb 14);
• Glencoe Curling Club Invitational in Calgary (Feb 16);
• Steadward Centre Breakfast in Edmonton (Feb 26);
• Team Canada Champion Chats (Feb 26);
• Special Olympics Breakfast With Champions (Mar 10).