Quarterly Report - October-December 2018

Read an overview of activities and programs undertaken by Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell from October to December 2018.


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Doors of Government House will open for New Year's Day Levee

Everyone is welcome to join the Lieutenant Governor at Government House on New Year's Day. The doors will be open to the public from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Guests can meet Lieutenant Governor Mitchell, view historic Government House and enjoy light refreshments and music. 

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SPIRIT of Peace contest winners

Thank you to everyone who celebrated Alberta's Great War heroes through the SPIRIT of Peace contest. First prize went to Ghalia Aamer from Old Scona High School in Edmonton; second prize went to Sophia Lin from Westmount Charter School in Calgary; and third prize went to Nic de Gier from Hope Christian School in Lacombe. 

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Princess Royal unveils Edmonton River Valley Tribute to Queen

HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne joined the Lieutenant Governor at the announcement of a Commonwealth Walkway for the city, Canada's second such walkway. It will honour the longstanding service of the Queen and celebrate the shared values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law that unite Commonwealth nations. 

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Alberta Community Leaders Receive National Honour

Thirty-one Alberta community leaders received the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers in recognition of their exceptional volunteer contributions in a wide range of fields. The award pays tribute to the passion, dedication and commitment of volunteers and recognizes their achievements in the community. 

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Recognition for Alberta's Mental Health Leaders

Leaders working to break down stigma and deliver innovative mental health and addiction services are receiving special recognition. Recipients of the True Awards from the Lieutenant Governor's Circle on Mental Health and Addiction set the standard for compassionate care, offer dedicated service and bravely share personal journeys to inspire others. 

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Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Quarterly Report

This is the first in what will be an ongoing series of online reports offering and overview of activities and programs undertaken by Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell. This editions covers events from June to September 2018. The next issue, covering October to December 2018 will be published in early 2019

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SPIRIT of Peace Contest

SPIRIT of Peace Contest

The Lieutenant Governor invites Alberta students in Grades 10-12 to take part in the SPIRIT of Peace contest and unfold the stories of the frontline and home front heroes from their communities who made a difference during the First World War.

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Humboldt Memorials

As memorials and celebrations of life take place to honour those who died in the Humboldt tragedy, the Lieutenant Governor extends condolences to those who lost a loved one, as well as thoughts and prayers for the injured.

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Congratulations to our 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Athletes

Lieutenant Governor Mitchell offers her congratulations to the Albertans and all Canadians who represented Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in PyeongChang 

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The Commonwealth

Commonwealth Day 2018

Lieutenant Governor Mitchell and the British Consul General raise the Commonwealth Flag on March 12, 2018 to mark Commonwealth Day. 

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2018 Essay Contest

Agriculture Essay Contest for Gr 7-9

A new contest for Alberta classrooms and 4-H clubs invites students to share their ideas on agriculture in Alberta...past, present and future.

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Agriculture Poetry Contest

2018 poetry contest celebrates agriculture

The Lieutenant Governor's 2018 poetry contest for Grade 4 - 6 classes and 4-H clubs celebrates people who have led the way in farming, ranching and caring for the land.

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Government House, Edmonton

Everyone welcome at New Year's Day Levee

Lieutenant Governor Mitchell invites the public to join her in Edmonton on January 1 for the annual levee at Government House.

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Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, Calgary

Contributions of 26 volunteers recognized with national honour

Calgary - The Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers was presented to Calgary and area community leaders at a ceremony on October 24

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Oct 17 Medal Recipients

Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers honours service, commitment of community leaders

Edmonton - The Lieutenant Governor honoured 18 outstanding Albertans from the Capital region, Central and Northern Alberta at a ceremony at Government House on October 17

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Banff Commonwealth Walkway

Queen's gift shared with all as Commonwealth Walkway opens

Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell hosted dignitaries and the public at a grand opening in Banff to celebrate Canada's first Commonwealth Walkway.

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Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers

Queen's medal recognizes exemplary young citizens

On July 25, 2017, Lieutenant Governor Mitchell presented the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal to exceptional student leaders from across Alberta.

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Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers

Alberta community leaders receive new National Honour

Forty-four Alberta community leaders have received the Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers in recognition of the time, compassion and commitment they have shared with a wide range of community organizations.

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2016 True Awards

Alberta youth bring creativity to Vimy remembrance

Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell honoured the top entries in the SPIRIT of Vimy contest a a ceremony in Edmonton on March 25. The contest was created to mark the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. 

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2016 True Awards

Join the Lieutenant Governor to ring in Canada's 150th birthday year

Everyone is welcome to join Lieutenant Governor Mitchell at Government House in Edmonton for the annual New Year's Day Levee. The event is open to the public from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm on Sunday, January 1. 

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2016 True Awards

Lieutenant Governor celebrates champions in mental health and addiction

Her Honour Lois Mitchell presented the True Awards and a youth award at a ceremony at Government House on October 6. The True Awards and the Donald S. Ethell Youth Award honour innovative and ground breaking work being done for mental health and addictions. 

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SPIRIT of Vimy initiative

Lieutenant Governor launches history education initiative with SPIRIT of Vimy

Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell has launched a new educational program to foster greater public awareness of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The program includes a SPIRIT of Vimy contest for Albertans aged 14-24. 

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Statement on Passsing of Hon. Norman Kwong

Passing of Alberta's 16th Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Norman Kwong

Statement from Lieutenant Governor Mitchell on the passing of the Honourable Norman Kwong, September 3, 2016.


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Congratulations to our athletes

Congratulations to Canada's Olympic Athletes

Congratulatory message from Lieutenant Governor Mitchell to Canada's Olympic Athletes following the close of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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QE II Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal recipients

Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding Alberta students

Lieutenant Governor Mitchell was joined by the Minister of Culture and Tourism in a celebration of Alberta youth leaders from across the province.

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A birthday gift for The Queen - Banff Commonwealth Walkway

Alberta has a special gift to mark the 90th birthday of Her Majesty and to celebrate Canada's longstanding role as a member of the Commonwealth.

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Donald Ethell Award presentation to Okotoks youth

Lieutenant Governor Mitchell and former Lieutenant Governor Ethell were in Okotoks March 30 to present the Donald S. Ethell Youth Award.

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Lieutenant Governor Mitchell received by HM The Queen

An Audience with Her Majesty The Queen

Lieutenant Governor Mitchell was received by Her Majesty The Queen on March 15th.

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Passing of Alberta's 11th Premier, Mr. Donald Getty

Statement from Lieutenant Governor Mitchell on the passing of former Premier of Alberta Don Getty. Mr. Getty passed away on February 26, 2016. 

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Celebrate National Flag of Canada Day

National Flag of Canada Day falls on Monday, February 15th. How will you celebrate?

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Call for True Awards Nominations

Recognizing Albertans leading the way in mental health and addiction programs and services.

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Thanks for joining the Lieutenant Governor for the Levee

Albertans were invited to join Their Honours for the traditional New Year's Day levee at Government House in Edmonton on Friday, January 1.

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Award for Young Mental Health Leaders

The LG's Circle is searching for up-and-coming Alberta youth, committed to fostering positive change in their communities. The Donald S. Ethell Youth Award is named for the Circle's founding patron and former Lieutenant Governor. Nominations for the new award close Mon, Jan 4, 2016.

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Alberta's Best Receive Top Honour

Eight outstanding community leaders received the province's highest honour from the Lieutenant Governor at the annual Alberta Order of Excellence investiture ceremony held at Government House in Edmonton on October 14, 2015.

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LG's Circle True Awards

On September 25, 2015, Her Honour presented the 2015 True Awards to outstanding individuals and organizations working to help Albertans living with mental health and addictions concerns and reduce stigma in our communities.

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Marking a Milestone

On September 9, 2015, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-serving British monarch in history, surpassing her great-great-grandmother, Queen Victoria.

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QEII Golden Jubilee Citizenship

On July 30th, Her Honour had the pleasure of presenting the QEII Golden Jubilee Citizenship medals to eight remarkable Alberta youth for outstanding community service and volunteerism.

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Lois Mitchell becomes 18th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta

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

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Media Releases/Advisories

Doors to Government House open to all for New Year's Day Levee (December 20, 2018)

Alberta community leaders receive national honour (October 15, 2018)

Recognition for Alberta's Mental Health Leaders (October 11, 2018)

Media advisory - Queen's Golden Jubilee Awards celebrate Alberta's future community, artistic leaders (July 23, 2018)

SPIRIT of Peace contest promotes youth awareness of First World War Armistice (June 12, 2018)

Media advisory - Rural students to join with Lieutenant Governor in honouring National Flag Day (Feb 14, 2018)

Media advisory - Lieutenant Governor to host New Year's Day open house (Dec 28, 2017)

Join the Lieutenant Governor at the New Year's Day Levee (Dec 20, 2017)

Media Advisory - Oct 24 Sovereign's Medal ceremony to recognize Calgary and region volunteers (Oct 23, 2017)

Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers honours service, commitment of Alberta's community leaders (Oct 17, 2017)

Media Advisory - Lt. Governor to present Queen's medal to Edmonton area, Central and Northern Albertans (Oct 16, 2017)

Queen's gift shared with all as Commonwealth Walkway opens (Sept 17, 2017)

Media advisory - Sept 17 Unveiling of Canada's first Commonwealth Walkway (Sept 14, 2017)

Media access - QEII Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal ceremony (July 25, 2017)

Alberta community leaders receive new National Honour (May 29, 2017)

Accomplished Albertans to be honoured - Alberta Order of Excellence (May 10, 2017 - Govt of Ab Release)

Alberta youth bring creativity to Vimy remembrance (March 25, 2017)

Public to join Lieutenant Governor for New Year's Day tradition (advisory - Dec 29, 2016)

Ring in 2017 at the New Year's Day Levee (Dec 22, 2016)

Lieutenant Governor celebrates champions in mental health and addiction (Oct 6, 2016)

Lieutenant Governor launches history education initiative with SPIRIT of Vimy (Sept 22, 2016)

Exceptional students awarded Queen's jubilee medal (July 26, 2016 - Govt of Ab release)

Eight Community Leaders to Receive Alberta's Highest Honour (June 27, 2016 - Govt of Ab Release)

A birthday gift for the Queen - Banff Commonwealth Walkway to celebrate Alberta and Canada's Royal heritage (April 21, 2016)

Okotoks Youth receives Donald S. Ethell Award from LG's Circle (Mar 30, 2016)

Statement from the Lieutenant Governor on the passing of former Premier Don Getty (Feb 26, 2016)

Students to join Lieutenant Governor in celebrating the Maple Leaf (Feb 11, 2016)

New Award for Next Generation of Mental Health Leaders (Nov 23, 2015)

Alberta's best receive province's highest honour (Oct 14, 2015)

Albertans recognized for work to transform lives and reduce stigma (Sept 25, 2015)

QEII Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medal (July 31, 2015)

Media access - QE II Golden Jubilee Medal ceremony 2015 (July 30, 2015)

Lois Mitchell becomes 18th Lieutenant Governor of Alberta (June 12, 2015)

Media access - Installation of Lt Governor Designate (June 10, 2015)

News Archive



Recent Events 

Following is a sampling of recent events attended by the Lieutenant Governor:
  • Feb 15 - Canada Winter Games Opening Ceremonies, Red Deer
  • Feb 15 - National Flag of Canada Day Event with Baturyn Elementary students, Gov House
  • Feb 14 - Edmonton Opera Valentine's Gala, Edm
  • Feb 13 - HiMARC Annoucement, Glenrose Hospital, Edm
  • Feb 12 - Ag for Life Feed a Farmer Celebrity Cook-Off, Calgary
  • Feb 8 - Alberta Winter Special Olympics Opening Ceremonies, Calgary
  • Feb 4 - University of Alberta Visiting Lectureship in Human Rights, U of A Campus
  • Feb 4 - Hon. Jim Prentice Official Portrait Unveiling Ceremony, Legislature
  • Feb 2 - Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Gala
  • Feb 2 - Canadian Forces Liaison Council Awards, Government House
  • Jan 30 - Grand opening of Alt Hotel East Village, Calgary
  • Jan 26 - RCMP Regimental Pipes & Drums Burns Dinner, Edmonton
  • Jan 25 - Robbie Burns Dinner, Edmonton
  • Jan 19 - King's Own Calgary Rifles Mobilization Dinner
  • Jan 16 - King's Own Calgary Rifles Change of Hon. Colonel Parade
  • Jan 10 - One Yellow Rabbit High Performance Rodeo Launch, Calgary
  • Jan 1, 2019 - New Year's Day Levee, Government House
  • Dec 8 - Hockey Heroes Challenge, Calgary
  • Dec 7 - Special Olympics Calgary Holiday Award Gala
  • Dec 5 - Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards, Edmonton
  • Dec 5 - School at the Legislature Visit with Hillview School students, Legislature
  • Dec 4 - Courtesy call with Consul General of the United States of America
  • Dec 2 - Holly Ball, Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton
  • Dec 2 - Government House Christmas Tea
  • Nov 25 - 106th Grey Cup, Edmonton
  • Nov 23 - 2018 Grey Cup Gala, Edmonton
  • Nov 22 - "In Conversation" series, Legislative Assembly Visitor Services, Edmonton
  • Nov 21 - Grey Cup Festival Kick-Off Party, Edmonton
  • Nov 21 - School at the Legislature visit with Waverley School (Edm) students, Legislature
  • Nov 20 - Rural Municipalities of Alberta Fall Convention, Edmonton
  • Nov 19 - Order of Red Cross Ceremony & Volunteer Recognition event, Edmonton 
  • Nov 16 - University of Calgary Chancellor Installation Ceremony & Convocation
  • Nov 15 - 2018 Canadian Energy Person of the Year Award Gala, Calgary
  • Nov 13 - Royal Canadian Geographic Society dinner, Calgary
  • Nov 11 - Armistice Tribute, Edmonton
  • Nov 11 - Remembrance Day ceremony, Butterdome/U of A, Edmonton
  • Nov 9 - Dance to Remember, Edmonton
  • Nov 8 - Armistice Dinner with Edmonton Garrison members, Government House
  • Nov 7 - Commonwealth Agriculture Conference Taste of Canada Gala
  • Nov 7 - Duke of Edinburgh's Award - Gold Award ceremony, Government House
  • Nov 6 - Edmonton Commonwealth Walkway announcement, Government House
  • Nov 6 - School at the Legislature visit with Kim Hung School (Edm) students, Legislature
  • Nov 5 - 2018 Commonwealth Agricultural Conference Opening Ceremonies, Edmonton
  • Nov 5 - No Stone Left Alone Ceremony, Edmonton
  • Nov 3 - UNICEF Water for Life Gala, Calgary
  • Nov 2 - Calgary Public Library Lit Gala, Calgary 
  • Nov 2 - Field of Crosses Memorial Ceremony, Calgary
  • Nov 1 - Great Canadian Kitchen Party, Calgary
  • Nov 1 - RCMP Long Service Awards ceremony, Edmonton
  • Oct 31 - Courtesy Call with High Commissioner of the United Kingdom, Calgary
  • Oct 30 - Calgary Immigrant Education Society 30th Anniversary, Calgary
  • Oct 27 - AB Recreation & Parks Assn Conference and Awards, Jasper
  • Oct 26 - IPAC Alberta Lieutenant Governor's Award presentation, Government House
  • Oct 25 - Cando President's Dinner and Reception, River Cree Resort, Enoch
  • Oct 24 - Retirement celebration for Edmonton Chief of Police Rod Knecht
  • Oct 24 - School at the Legislature Program Visit with McLeod School (Edm) students, Legislature
  • Oct 22 - University of Calgary Department of History Awards Ceremony
  • Oct 20 - First Poppy Ceremony, Calgary
  • Oct 20 - National Honours Ceremony, Regina Saskatchewan
  • Oct 18 - Alberta Order of Excellence Investiture, Edmonton
  • Oct 17 - Great Canadian Kitchen Party, Edmonton
  • Oct 16 - Inauguration of Aga Khan Garden, U of A Botanical Garden
  • Oct 16 - Visit to Sturgeon Composite High School, Namao