A reception to celebrate the Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon’s term and the accomplishments of the Government House Foundation highlighted the important work done by this key institution of British Columbia.
“Lieutenant Governors will continue to come and go,” Her Honour told guests, “but the institution will continue, sustained by this beautiful House and the faithful staff that man it. The rituals, the ceremonies, the Long Service season, the celebration of wonderful British Columbians who serve their communities in so many ways. All this and so much more is the purview of this Ceremonial Home and the talented staff who operate here. This House continues to be a wonderful example of Healthy People on Healthy Land in a vibrant community. “
The November event included performances by the Cary Castle Pipe Band, the Jan Stirling Jazz Trio, the St. Patrick’s Elementary School choir, a past winner of the Sing Me A Song contest, and pianist Felipe Jiang, who was the youngest soloist to ever play with the Victoria Symphony Splash when he was eight years old in 2017.
Lt.-Gov. Guichon paid tribute to past lieutenants governor, including His Honour Steven Point, who worked to promote reconiciliation through his Right to Read Libraries program in remove First Nations Communities and Her Honour Iona Campagnolo’s work to promote the wine industry in B.C. through the Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards program.
She also paid tribute to the Government House Foundation, calling it “the wind beneath my wings,” supporting her work in schools and promoting the Songs about Canada and Stewards of the Future programs.