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Archived News: 2015

New Lieutenant Governor pledges to serve fellow Albertans

June 12, 2015: Her Honour, the Honourable Lois Mitchell took the oath of office today to become the 18th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

Community and business leader to become province’s 18th Lieutenant Governor

June 9, 2015: Edmonton...Distinguished Alberta business leader and community volunteer Lois Mitchell will be installed as the 18th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta on Friday, June 12, 2015. The ceremony will take place in Edmonton in the Chamber of the Alberta Legislature Building.

Edmonton Kids #GetLoud for Mental Health

May 7, 2015: Students were invited to Edmonton Northlands to an event that explored the various pieces that fit together to create positive mental health and wellness during Mental Health Awareness Week 2015.

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Ceremony

April 10, 2015: The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta presents awards to 24 exceptional youth involved in unique international program.

2015 Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games

February 22, 2015: The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta joined participants, volunteers, guests and supporters at the Closing Ceremonies of the 2015 Alberta 55 Plus Winter Games on February 22.

Lieutenant Governor, students join in 50th Birthday Party for Canada's Flag

February 13, 2015: Lieutenant Governor Donald S. Ethell hosted Grade 5 students from two Edmonton schools for a special 50th birthday celebration for the National Flag of Canada.

Call for nominations for LG's Circle True Awards

February 2, 2015: Tell us about the mental health and addiction leaders in your community


Archived News: 2014

New Year's Levee

December 4, 2014: New Year's levee tradition takes one year hiatus.

Speech from the Throne

November 17, 2014: His Honour opened the Third Session of the 28th Legislature by reading the Government's Speech from the Throne. View photographs of the event.

Order of Canada Investiture

October 25, 2014: His Honour presented the insignia of Companion of the Order of Canada to Rt. Hon. Don Mazankowski on behalf of His Excellency, the Governor General of Canada. View photographs of event.

Alberta Order of Excellence

October 15, 2014: Alberta's best receive province's highest honour. View photographs of the event.

Duke of Edinburgh Silver Awards

October 11, 2014: Calgary... His Honour presented this prestigious award to a number of accomplished young Albertans. 

Royal Lifesaving Society Investiture Ceremony

October 3, 2014: Edmonton...His Honour presided over the Royal Lifesaving Society's Investiture Ceremony for brave Albertans at Government House. View photographs of the event.

LG Circle True Awards

September 26, 2014: In a ceremony that honoured Alberta trailblazers in the field of mental health and addiction, His Honour presented the 3rd Annual True Awards at Government House. View photographs of the event.

PPCLI 100th Anniversary

August 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.  Celebrations took place across the province to honour the Regiment's century of service. View photographs of the events.

National Honours on display

June 30, 2014: The touring exhibit arrived in Edmonton, connecting Albertans with the stories of outstanding Canadians.

Alberta's rising stars recognized

June 11, 2014: Edmonton...The eight recipients of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artists Awards announced today practice hip hop, theatre, visual art, film, opera, writing, soul music, R&B and more. View photographs of the event.

Outstanding citizens to receive Alberta's highest honour

May 9, 2014: Eight outstanding Albertans will become members of Alberta Order of Excellence this year.

Lieutenant Governor presents Queen's medal to students

May 9, 2014: Seven extraordinary young Albertans received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal in a special ceremony.

Caring Canadian Award celebrates examples set by Edmonton and North Central Alberta volunteers

April 28, 2014:  The dedicated efforts of community volunteers were recognized today at a Governor General's Caring Canadian Award ceremony hosted at Government House by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, on behalf of His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston. Award recipients represented Camrose, Cold Lake, Edmonton and Ponoka.

Join the conversation on addiction and stigma

March 5, 2014: Addiction is an illness that consumes and destroys lives and yet far too many people are fighting the battle in secret due to fear and stigma.  The Lieutenant Governor's Circle on Mental Health and Addiction encourages Albertans to break the silence.

Nominate a community leader in the area of mental health and addiction

February 3, 2014: The Lieutenant Governor invites nominations for the 2014 True Awards, which celebrate work to reduce stigma, encourage recovery and strengthen mental health and addiction programs and services.

Nominations now open for Alberta's highest honour

January 13, 2014: Albertans are invited to nominate outstanding citizens, community leaders and innovators for membership in the Alberta Order of Excellence.


Archived News: 2013

Greet the New Year with the Lieutenant Governor

December 19, 2013: Albertans are invited to take part in the traditional New Year’s Day levee at Government House in Edmonton on Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

Honours for mental health leaders, innovators

September 18, 2013: Leaders working to break down stigma and deliver innovative mental health and addiction services are receiving special recognition from Lieutenant Governor Donald S. Ethell.

Statement from Lieutenant Governor Donald S. Ethell

June 27, 2013: Over the past week, Her Honour and I have been in Calgary where we have witnessed the devastation brought by the unprecedented flooding in Southern Alberta. Our hearts go out to all those who have suffered losses and particularly those who are mourning victims of the flood. Please know that Linda and I are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Diverse leaders to receive province's highest honour

May 9, 2013: Eight outstanding Albertans are set to join the ranks of the Alberta Order of Excellence this year in recognition of their diverse and longstanding contributions on the local, provincial, national and international stage.

Building young brains for resilience, mental health

May 2, 2013: Parents, caregivers and professionals are invited to login to How Love Builds Brains, a live webcast with respected child psychologist Dr. Jean Clinton. The May 7 program will explore the critical role of loving relationships in developing the brain, building resilience and fostering mental health in children and youth.

Local Albertans honoured with the Diamond Jubilee Medal

February 22, 2013: Calgary... His Honour, Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor, and Premier Alison Redford presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to recipients from the Calgary area during two ceremonies held at McDougall Centre in Calgary.

Albertans encouraged to recognized mental health leaders, innovators

February 19, 2013: The Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction is welcoming nominations for the 2013 True Awards. The awards celebrate individual Albertans and organizations who are leading the way in work to deliver mental health programs and services, reduce stigma and encourage recovery.

Local Albertans honoured with the Diamond Jubilee Medal

February 8, 2013: His Honour Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor, and Premier Alison Redford presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to 81 recipients from the Capital Region during two ceremonies at Government House in Edmonton.

Local Albertans honoured with the Diamond Jubilee Medal

January 24, 2013: His Honour Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor, presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to 33 recipients from southern Alberta during a ceremony in Lethbridge.

Local Albertans honoured with the Diamond Jubilee Medal

January 22, 2013: His Honour Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor, presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to 53 recipients from the Capital Region during a ceremony in Edmonton.

Local Albertans honoured with the Diamond Jubilee Medal

January 21, 2013: His Honour Col. (Ret'd) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, Alberta's Lieutenant Governor, presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to 45 recipients from the Calgary area during a ceremony in Calgary.

Local Albertans honoured with the Diamond Jubilee Medal

January 18, 2013: His Honour Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor, presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to 23 recipients from northern Alberta during a ceremony on Friday, January 18, in Grande Prairie.

Local Albertans honoured with the Diamond Jubilee Medal

January 16, 2013: His Honour Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor, presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to 18 recipients from northern Alberta during a ceremony on Wednesday, January 16, in Lac La Biche.

Free Public Event: the Healing Power of Relationships in Trauma Recovery

January 14, 2013: Stress injuries from traumatic incidents are not limited to soldiers and first responders. Car accidents, medical emergencies and criminal victimization are just some of the traumatic events people experience in civilian life.

Call for nominations to receive Alberta's highest honour

January 11, 2013: Nominations are now being accepted for investiture into the Alberta Order of Excellence.

Mark the New year with the Lieutenant Governor

December 20, 2013:  Everyone is welcome to join the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta for a traditional New Year’s Day levee at Government House in Edmonton.


Archived News: 2012

Diverse contributions of Alberta leaders celebrated with Diamond Jubilee honours

November 27, 2012:  The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta presented Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals to a deserving group of Calgary and area residents in recognition of their valued contributions to the province, nation and to people in need around the world.

Edmonton and area leaders, innovators and pioneers honoured with Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal

November 20, 2012: Canadian pioneers in the areas of medical research, science, community service and the arts were among the Edmonton and area residents who received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals from the Lieutenant Governor today.

The Lieutenant Governor welcomes new members to Alberta Order of Excellence

October 17, 2012: Outstanding Albertans were recognized today with the highest honour the province has to offer its citizens. They were invested into the Alberta Order of Excellence for their lifelong dedication to serving the province, the nation and people in need around the world.

New awards salute true achievement in mental health and recovery

October 4, 2012:  The Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction presented its inaugural True Awards today to recognize exceptional service to the cause of reducing stigma and suffering for those with mental illness and addiction.

Queen's Medal for outstanding citizens and Edmonton community leaders

September 20, 2012: Hard working and dedicated citizens from Edmonton and area were recognized today with Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals, at a ceremony at Government House in Edmonton hosted by His Honour Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell.

Queen's medals, Governor General's Award for Calgarians

September 11, 2012: The outstanding citizenship of dedicated Calgarians was celebrated today at a ceremony to present the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award and Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals.

Lethbridge community leaders recognized with Queen's Diamond Jubilee medal

September 6, 2012:  Community leaders and volunteers from Lethbridge and southern Alberta were honoured today with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. The medals were presented by His Honour, Col. [Ret’d] the Honourable Donald S. Ethell at a ceremony at the Galt Museum in Lethbridge.

Volunteer leaders honoured with Caring Canadian Award

August 28, 2012:  Six longstanding Alberta volunteers were recognized at a Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award ceremony hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta at Government House.

Lieutenant Governor hosts Diamond Jubilee Garden Party on July 21

July 18, 2012: Members of the public are invited to join His Honour Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell for a grand afternoon of free family entertainment and activities at a Diamond Jubilee Garden Party to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 60-year reign.

Outstanding Calgarians given Diamond Jubilee recognition

July 17 2012: Community leaders from a wide range of sectors were honoured today with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their outstanding service and citizenship.

Distinguished Edmontonians recognized with Queen's medal

July 09 2012: Alberta leaders from Edmonton and area were honoured today with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of their outstanding service and citizenship.

Artists get "catalytic" boost on the road to success

June 14 2012: Eight Alberta artists received the 2012 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award June 14, 2012 in a ceremony hosted by His Honour Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell and Her Honour Linda Ethell.

Diamond Jubilee honours for dedicated Edmonton citizens

May 28 2012: Twenty-four long-serving community members were recognized today with a Diamond Jubilee Medal at an Edmonton ceremony hosted by His Honour Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell and Her Honour Linda Ethell.

Lieutenant Governor hosts Diamond Jubilee Garden Party on June 2

May 25 2012: Members of the public are invited to join His Honour, Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell for a grand afternoon of free family entertainment and activities at a Diamond Jubilee Garden Party to celebrate Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 60-year reign.

Community leaders receive special recognition to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year

May 14 2012: The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta presented 29 Calgary and area citizens with the Diamond Jubilee Medal this morning in recognition of their exemplary service in a variety of sectors.

Eight leaders chosen to receive Alberta's highest honour

May 01 2012: The Alberta Order of Excellence Council has selected eight outstanding citizens to receive the highest honour the province has to offer.

Edmonton and area leaders receive Diamond Jubilee Medal for outstanding service

March 30 2012: Nineteen dedicated citizens were honoured today with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Citizenship and service of Calgarians honoured with Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal

March 19 2012: Outstanding Calgary and area citizens were recognized today at a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal ceremony hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta.

Nominate a true hero for inaugural mental health awards

February 16, 2012: The Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction is welcoming nominations for the True Awards.

Alberta starts year of celebrations to mark Diamond Jubilee

February 6, 2012: A special medal ceremony was held today to mark the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s reign and to launch a year of Diamond Jubilee celebrations.


Archived News: 2011

Celebrate the New Year with the Lieutenant Governor

December 22, 2011: Albertans are invited to mark the beginning of 2012 at the Lieutenant Governor’s annual New Year’s Day levee.

Lieutenant Governor launches mental health and addiction initiative

October 5, 2011: The Lieutenant Governor’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction was introduced today at a gathering of representatives from provincial mental health organizations, individuals with lived experience and Alberta business and community leaders.

Best of Alberta honours for six dedicated citizens

May 3, 2011: Six Albertans have been selected this year for membership in the Alberta Order of Excellence. The new members for 2011 will receive the province’s highest honour in recognition of their longstanding service to a wide range of local, provincial and national endeavours.


Archived News: 2010

Lieutenant Governor honoured to continue New Year's Day levee tradition

December 22, 2010: His Honour, Col. (Ret’d) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell and Her Honour Linda Ethell will be welcoming members of the public to the annual New Year’s Day levee on Saturday, January 1. The levee is a longstanding Alberta tradition that Lieutenant Governor and Mrs. Ethell are honoured and excited to continue.

Alberta's 17th Lieutenant Governor pledges service to his fellow Albertans

May 11, 2010: His Honour, Colonel (Retired) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell became the 17th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta in a ceremony today at the Legislature Building in Edmonton.

Decorated peacekeeper to become Alberta's 17th Lieutenant Governor

May 3, 2010: Colonel (Retired) Donald S. Ethell will be installed as the 17th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta on Tuesday, May 11, 2010. The ceremony will take place in Edmonton in the Legislative Chamber of the Alberta Legislature Building.

Alberta's top citizens chosen to receive province's highest honour

April 19,2010: Eight Alberta leaders and innovators have been chosen for investiture into the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2010 in recognition of their lasting contributions on the provincial, national and international stage.


Archived News: 2009

Join Lieutenant Governor Kwong for the traditional New Year's Day levee

December 23, 2009: Lieutenant Governor Norman Kwong and Mrs. Mary Kwong welcome members of the public to drop by Government House in Edmonton for the New Year’s Day levee on Friday, January 1.