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

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 an overview of recent events attended by the Lieutenant Governor:
  • Mar 20 - Rendez-vous de la Francophonie Celebration, Calgary
  • Mar 17-18 - 3rd Canadian Divison Wellness Conference, Edmonton
  • Mar 16 - Alberta Girls' Parliament Opening, Edmonton
  • Mar 15 - GROWS Virtual Classroom Launch, Edmonton
  • Mar 14 - Alberta Band Festivals Showcase Concert, Edmonton
  • Mar 12 - Commonwealth Flag Raising for Commonwealth Day, Calgary
  • Mar 9 - Immigrants of Distinction Awards, Calgary
  • Mar 8 - Opening of Session and Speech from the Throne, Legislature
  • Mar 7 - Cities and Climate Change Conference - Student Session, Edmonton
  • Mar 6 - Special Olympics AB Winter Games 2019 Media Launch, Calgary
  • Mar 6 - Women in Work Conference, University of Calgary
  • Mar 3 - YWCA VineArt Gala, Banff
  • Feb 24 - Hungaria Ball, Calgary  
  • Feb 23 - HKBCA Chinese New Year Gala, Calgary
  • Feb 15 - National Flag of Canada Day celebration, Government House
  • Feb 14 - Edmonton Opera Valentine's Day Gala
  • Feb 14 - Reading Is Important event, D. Donald Massey School, Edmonton
  • Feb 7 - Winsport Annual Community Connect and Outlook, Calgary 
  • Feb 5 - All Seniors Care, Senior Games Opening Ceremony, Calgary
  • Feb 3 - Calgary Youth Orchestra Waves of the Danube Gala
  • Feb 2 - Glenbow Museum Exhibit Opening, Calgary
  • Jan 29 - Westlock Elementary Family Literacy Day, Westlock
  • Jan 27 - RCMP Regimental Pipes & Drums Burns Dinner, Edmonton
  • Jan 26 - Burn's Dinner, Edmonton
  • Jan 26 - Penhold Chain of Office Inauguration Ceremony, Penhold
  • Jan 25 - Send-off event for Team Canada Men's Curling Team, Calgary
  • Jan 24 - Royal Canadian Geographic Society Fellows Reception, Calgary
  • Jan 24 - Women in Winter Sports Canada Post Stamp Unveiling, Calgary
  • Jan 22 - Royal Overseas Club, Calgary Branch Luncheon
  • Jan 1  - New Year's Day Levee, Government House
  • Dec 5 - Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards. Government House
  • Dec 5 - Short track speed skating event at Patricia Heights School, Edmonton
  • Dec 5 - School at the Legislature visit with Forest Heights School of Edmonton
  • Dec 3 - Art Gallery of Alberta Holly Ball, Edmonton
  • Dec 3 - Government House Christmas Tea, Edmonton
  • Dec 2 - Yellow Ribbon Gala, Edmonton
  • Nov 30 - Installation of Stephen Mandel as Chancellor of Concordia University, Edmonton
  • Nov 30 - IPAC Lieutenant Governor's Award celebration, Government House
  • Nov 30 - Courtesy call with the Ambassador of Austria to Canada, Government House
  • Nov 18 - Red and White Canada 150 PTSD Benefit, Calgary
  • Nov 17 - Duke of Edinburgh's Silver Award Ceremony, Calgary
  • Nov 16 - Senate150 Medallion Presentation Ceremony, Calgary
  • Nov 16 - University of Caglary Indigenous Strategy Launch
  • Nov 14 - Senate 150 Medallion Presentation Ceremony, Government House
  • Nov 11 - Dance to Remember in support of No Stone Left Alone, Edmonton
  • Nov 11 - Remembrance Day Ceremony, Edmonton
  • Nov 10 - Royal Canadian Humane Society Bravery Awards, Edmonton 
  • Nov 8 - LIfesaving Society Investiture, Government House