The following is an overvew of activities and programs undertaken by Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell from July to September 2019.
September 7 was the grand opening of the Edmonton Commonwealth Walkway. Spearheaded by Her Honour as an innovative tribute to our Queen of Canada, the Walkway combines walking and biking trails through the city’s river valley with a free mobile app so that users can learn about local history, the river valley and Indigenous culture and traditions.
Other history-focused activities this quarter included:
• Joining with Calgary youth to celebrate Alberta’s 114th birthday on September 1;
• Attending a September reunion in Calgary to learn from the “Weston Women” from across Canada who were chosen as girls to travel to Britain and attend the Queen’s Coronation; and
• Celebrating the pioneering Alberta women behind the Person’s Case at a Famous 5 Lecture in Calgary on September 15.
Lieutenant Governor Mitchell celebrated the accomplishments of First Nations and Métis youth at the RCMP Soaring Eagles Cadet Graduation Ceremony in Edmonton on August 9 and the Bold Eagle Army Cadet Graduation Ceremony at CFB Wainwright, August 15.
Her Honour was also pleased to play a role in a number of other First Nations and Metis community events, including the:
• Samson Cree Nation Pow Wow in Maskwacis on August 9;
• Treaty 6 Flag Raising at the Legislature on August 23; and
• Bring Your Wisdom Conference for Indigenous women and two-spirit people in Calgary on September 10.
Her Honour remains devoted to recognizing and supporting Canada’s men and women in uniform in whatever ways she can. This quarter she took part in events such as the:
• Military Family Appreciation Day, Spruce Meadows, July 6;
• PPCLI French Grey Ball, Edmonton, August 9;
• Canadian Veterans of Peacekeeping Memorial. Calgary, August 11;
• Field of Crosses 2019 launch event, Calgary, September 11;
• Red Deer Military Family Resource Centre Grand Opening, September 13;
• Legacy Place 1st Responders Suicide Prevention Conference, Calgary, September 19; and
• Police and Peace Officers Memorial, Edmonton, September 29.
On September 21, Maskwacis became the inaugural First Nations community to host the biennial Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards ceremony.
The event was a fitting celebration of three great Alberta artists. The awards celebration capped two days of Maskwacis events that Her Honour was excited to take part in, including a historic Buffalo Treaty signing and the opening of a new library.
Lieutenant Governor Mitchell also indulged her love of the arts at the Banff Midsummer Ball on July 20 and the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival on August 24.
Encouraging leaders and volunteers behind a wide range of community initiatives and not-for-profits is an ongoing part of Her Honour’s mandate. This quarter she attended the:
• National Drowning Prevention Week Event, Edmonton, July 22;
• Sourdough Raft Race Admiral’s Dinner, Edmonton, July 23;
• CN 100th Anniversary Tree Planting, Calgary, July 25;
• Love With Humanity Outdoor Food Bank and Mini Library Opening, Calgary, July 27;
• True Awards Ceremony, Edmonton, August 22;
• RESET Society Conference, Calgary, September 23; and
• YWCA Calgary Hub Opening Ceremony, September 28.
Edmonton received a special visit from Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado of Japan on August 30. The Lieutenant Governor attended a special University of Alberta lecture offered by the Princess and then welcome Her Imperial Highness to a dinner at Government House.
Other activities focused on strengthening Alberta’s international connections included:
• Taking part in British Day events at Spruce Meadows on September 7; and
• Joining in a meeting of the Royal Overseas League Calgary Branch on September 5.
The Lieutenant Governor began her professional life as a teacher and remains a committed education advocate for all ages at all levels. This quarter, she saluted Albertans' educational accomplishments at:
• Olds College Synergy Evening of Excellence, July 11;
• QEII Golden Jubilee Citizenship Medals, Edmonton, July 23;
• Rocky Mountain Cadet Training Centre, Bighorn, August 16;
• University of Calgary Alumni Awards, September 5;
• University of Alberta Alumni Awards, September 19; and
• King's University 40th Anniversary Banquet, Edmonton, September 28.