The following is an overview of activities and programs undertaken by Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell from April to June 2019.
The Lieutenant Governor fulfilled numerous constitutional duties following the Alberta general election. Her Honour met with the Premier Designate on April 17 to discuss the election result and invite him to form the government. She presided over swearing-in ceremonies in April and May for the Premier, Cabinet and Members of the Legislative Assembly, and to elect the Speaker of the Assembly. On May 22, she read the Speech from the Throne to open the First Session of Alberta`s 30th Legislature.
In early June, Her Honour was in Toronto for the annual conference of Canada`s vice-regal representatives, as well as a conference on the Crown in Canada.
Her Honour met with people of all ages and across sectors to celebrate their leadership.
Events honouring Indigenous leaders included: a gathering to celebrate the innovative Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards program being hosted in Maskwacis in September, the Esquao Awards for women leaders in Enoch and the Honoring Spirit Indigenous Student Awards in Edmonton and Calgary.
Corporate groundbreakers were recognized at the Canadian Business Leader Award in Edmonton; the Alberta Chamber of Commerce AGM in Camrose and the 2019 Distinguished Business Leader Award in Calgary.
Post-secondary leadership at convocations and installation ceremonies for the President of the University of Calgary, Chancellor of the University of Lethbridge and President of Mount Royal University.
Lieutenant Governor Mitchell enjoyed a wide range of opportunities to connect with and learn about community groups across the province, and to celebrate the work of Alberta volunteers. This included:
• Events with the Junior Leagues of Edmonton & Calgary;
• Glenrose Foundation Courage Gala;
• Government House spring tea;
• Sir Winston Churchill Society Banquet;
• Calgary Girl Guides Volunteer Awards;
• Great Trail Bragg Creek Hike and celebration;
• Western Sky Land Trust, Jerry Brunen Land Dedication.
In May, Their Honours launched the new Lieutenant Governor’s Athletic Awards and Leadership Conference, created with USports to recognize Canada’s top collegiate athletes. Other events to promote and encourage Alberta’s sports leaders included:
• Special Olympics Team Canada reception, Calgary;
• Calgary Booster Club Sport Gala;
• Edmonton Eskimos Women’s Dinner;
• Canada Sports Hall of Fame Induction, Calgary;
• Alberta Sports Hall of Fame Induction, Red Deer;
• Visit with Colombia Sports Diplomacy Exchange Students, Calgary; and
• Hockey Canada Foundation Gala, Edmonton.
Her Honour took part in events connected to initiatives she developed to foster learning for Albertans of all ages. She attended a GROWS symposium for youth agriculture leaders, presented the Lieutenant Governor’s Education Student Social Studies Award to graduating teachers from across Alberta and celebrated the NAIT student team that developed the new Banff Commonwealth Walkway app.
She also celebrated Albertans' vision and achievement at events hosted by the Haskayne School of Business Creative Disruption Lab, joined in celebrating Alberta's environmental innovators at the annual Emerald Awards ceremony and honoured forward-looking Alberta youth receiving their Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award.
Courtesy calls and events with visiting international leaders and members of the consular corps are a regular part of the Lieutenant Governor’s duties. In addition to attending the Edmonton Consular Ball and taking part in a CASA Mexico event in Calgary, Her Honour met with the:
• President of the Republic of Croatia;
• Ambassador of the Kingdom of Denmark;
• Ambassador of the Slovak Republic; and
• Consul General of the Philippines.
Canadians from a wide range of uniformed services were guests of honour at ceremonies and special events attended by Lieutenant Governor Mitchell, including:
• Correctional Services Canada Exemplary Service Medal Ceremony, Edmonton;
• Fire Service Exemplary Service Medals & Alberta Fire Chiefs' Conference, Red Deer;
• 3rd Canadian Division Change of Command Ceremony, Edmonton Garrison;
• 504 Royal Canadian Air Force Cadet Squadron 70th Anniv Parade and Dinner, Edmonton;
• Military Cup Golf Tournament, Edmonton;
• Breakfast on the Bridge in support of Military Family Resource Centre, Calgary;
• 41 Canadian Brigade Group Change of Command, Calgary; and
• Last Post Fund Luncheon, Calgary.