The following is an overview of activities and programs undertaken by Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell from October to December 2018.
Lieutenant Governor Mitchell presented honours and awards to a wide range of Albertans who offered their time and talents to strengthen the quality of life we all enjoy. National honours ceremonies this quarter included: a Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers ceremony co-hosted with the Speaker of the Alberta Legislative Assembly; the annual Alberta Order of Excellence Investiture; and a National Honours ceremony in Regina for recipients from across Western Canada.
Her Honour also presided over awards ceremonies with organizations for which she serves as Honourary Patron, including: the Lifesaving Society; the Circle on Mental Health and Addiction True Awards; the Royal Humane Association Bravery Awards; and the Lieutenant Governor’s Leadership for Active Communities Awards.
Other ceremonies to recognize outstanding Albertans this quarter included the:
Community celebrations are a favorite part of the Lieutenant Governor’s duties and she enjoyed numerous opportunities to thank community leaders and recognize the important work being done by outstanding Alberta organizations. Her Honour learned from First Nations and Métis leaders at the annual CANDO Conference as well as the Canadian Energy Person of the Year Gala in honour of Chief Jim Bucher. She also learned about programs to build understanding and opportunity for all citizens through events hosted by the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace, the Calgary Immigrant Education Society, the Calgary Public Library, and UNICEF Water for Life. Their Honours were also excited to take part in the outstanding Grey Cup week hosted by Edmonton, including the wide range of community events leading up to the big game at Commonwealth Stadium. Other community event highlights this quarter include the:
HRH Princess Anne was in Edmonton in early November for the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth Conference. The Princess Royal joined in a program at Government House on November 6 to announce the upcoming Edmonton Commonwealth Walkway, together with the Lieutenant Governor, Mayor Don Iveson and the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth. The Walkway is being championed by Lieutenant Governor Mitchell and offered to the city as a way to 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. The walkway will encourage people of all ages to explore Edmonton’s history and Canada’s Commonwealth heritage while enjoying the recreational benefits that the city’s river valley trails have to offer.
The Lieutenant Governor also joined the Princess Royal for a Duke of Edinburgh's Gold Award ceremony at Government House to celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding young leaders from across Western Canada.
The Lieutenant Governor joined with all Canadians in marking the centennial of the Armistice that brought the Great War to an end. Her Honour held the SPIRIT of Peace contest through the History and Heroes Foundation to challenge young Albertans to learn about their community’s front line and home front heroes during the First World War. Their Honours hosted a special Armistice Dinner at Government House for 100 soldiers, representing all ranks and branches. Other Remembrance Week ceremonies and commemorations included the:
Constitutional duties are a core responsibility of Canada’s vice-regal representatives and an important part of our system of government. On October 11, Lieutenant Governor Mitchell officially swore in two new Members of the Legislative Assembly who were elected in by-elections. Her Honour also granted Royal Assent to Bills passed by the Assembly during the fall session to give those pieces of Legislation the force of law and signed various Orders in Council and other documents throughout the quarter.
In her role as Vice-Regal representative, the Lieutenant Governor regularly takes part in events that highlight Alberta’s international friendships and connections. Examples from this quarter included a visit to Edmonton by the Aga Khan to inaugurate a special University of Alberta garden created in his name. Her Honour also had courtesy calls with diplomats and Consular corps members representing New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.