The following is an overview of activities and programs undertaken by Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell from January to March 2019.
On March 18, 2019. Her Honour presided over the Opening of the Legislature and read the Speech from the Throne. On March 19, at the Government’s request, Her Honour signed the Proclamation and Order in Council to dissolve the 29th Legislature of Alberta and call for a general election. Constitutional duties are a core responsibility of vice-regal representatives and an important part of the Canadian system of government. Online access is available to anyone who wants to learn about Legislature proceedings and key documents such as Orders in Council.
The Lieutenant Governor was honoured to take part in the March 18 unveiling ceremony of two remarkable paintings created for the Legislature Chamber by renowned Alberta artist Alex Janvier. The evocative pieces, Sunrise and Sunset, honour the past and present contributions of Indigenous peoples to Alberta.
From March 22 to 24, Their Honours celebrated Canada’s official winter sport with members of the Enoch Cree First Nation. Rogers Hometown Hockey chose the community to be the inaugural First Nation to serve as host for the fun-filled event.
The quarter featured a focus on history and tradition, including the New Year’s Day Levee, a National Flag of Canada Day event on February 15 and a March 9 dinner to mark the history of the Royal Commonwealth Society. Her Honour also attended and spoke at celebrations of Alberta’s multicultural spirit, including the:
• Edmonton Burns Dinner (Jan 25);
• AB Francophonie Month (Mar 1);
• Immigrants of Distinction Awards, Calgary (Mar 15);
• Hidden Gems Film Festival, Calgary (Mar 31).
Lieutenant Governor Mitchell took part in official Opening Ceremonies for two winter games that took place in Alberta this quarter.
On February 8, she helped to kick off the Alberta Special Olympics Winter Games in Calgary. On February 15, Her Honour welcomed teams from across the country and led participants in the athletes’ oath as part of the Canada Winter Games Opening Ceremonies in Red Deer.
Her Honour’s social duties offer opportunities to recognize the contributions of leaders from across the province.
On February 4, she honoured the leadership of the late Jim Prentice at a touching ceremony to unveil his official Premier’s portrait at the Legislature. Other events to honour leaders of all ages and sectors include the:
• Chamber of Commerce Gala (Feb 2);
• Feed a Farmer Cook-off (Feb 12);
• Walrus Talks Leadership, Cgy (Feb 19);
• Soroptimists Edmonton Intl Women’s Day (Mar 10);
• Alberta Girls' Parliament, Edmonton (Mar 22).
Her Honour regularly takes part in events to support education for people of all ages and walks of life. That includes the March 19 launch of the Centre for Global Education's GROWS virtual classroom, a youth agriculture education initiative championed by Her Honour. Other events included the:
• Univ. of Alberta Visiting Lectureship In Human Rights (Feb 4);
• Kitaskinaw School visit, Enoch (Mar 20);
• Morinville Community High visit (Mar 20);
• School at the Legislature visit with St. Francis of Assisi School(Mar 3);
• Meeting with students from various schools/programs touring McDougall Center.
On February 2, Her Honour hosted the Canadian Forces Liaison Council awards for employers who support the Canadian Forces reservists in their organizations. She also became Honourary Patron of HiMARC, an Alberta partnership to advance education, research and service for military, first responders and veterans. Other events included:
• King’s Own Calgary Rifles Dinner (Jan 19);
• K Division RCMP Pipes & Drums (Jan 26) Dinner;
• Yellow Ribbon Gala for the Edmonton Military Family Resource Centre (Mar 2);
• Moreuil Wood Parade, Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians)(Mar 21);
• 1 Field Ambulance Change of Command (Mar 22).
Her Honour is a lifelong advocate for artists and arts organizations around Alberta and across Canada. On March 3, Mount Royal University Conservatory in Calgary marked her new service as Honourary Patron at a Wyatt Series Concert. Other arts events included:
• One Yellow Rabbit High Performance Rodeo in Calgary, (Jan 10);
• Send-off for Catalyst Theatre's award-winning Vigilante;(Feb 12);
• Edm Opera Valentine’s Gala (Feb 14);
• Debut of Okotoks by Making Treaty 7 Cultural Society (Feb 26);
• Mayor’s Lunch for Arts Champions (Mar 13).