In 2017, Lieutenant Governor Mitchell created a new award to recognize Bachelor of Education students who have a passion for history education. The new Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Social Studies Education Student Award was presented at four post-secondary institutions in Alberta in its inaugural year and plans are underway to increase that number.
On July 1, 2017, Canada turned 150! Lieutenant Governor Mitchell held a Canada 150 Poetry Contest for Alberta Grade 4 to 6 classrooms to encourage young Albertans to learn about our history while building their writing skills.
The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta kicked off the special birthday year with a Canada 150-themed New Year's Day Levee, including a presentation of 150 Great Canadian Ideas. Levee presentation .ppts
The National Flag of Canada turned 50 in 2015. To mark the milestone, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor created a short film that shows Albertans' love for our maple leaf. The film premiered at the New Year's Day Levee at Government House in Edmonton on January 1, 2016.
Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell's SPIRIT of Vimy program fosters greater public awareness of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the First World War battle that is often described as marking the birth of Canada as a nation. Created to mark the centenary of the battle, the program invited young Albertans to learn about the history of Vimy Ridge and explore what the SPIRIT of Vimy means to them. The winning original videos were celebrated at an event in Edmonton on March 25.
April 19, 2016 marked the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in Alberta.To celebrate the occasion, the Office of the Lieutenant Governorpartnered with the Legislative Assembly, Visitor Services on Voices for the Vote, an exhibit at the Borealis Gallery in Edmonton and other programs.