Legacy Programs

Incoming Lieutenant Governors may choose to continue or retire programs started by their predecessor. More commonly, programs continue in partnership and with the support of community organizations, non-profits and foundations such as the Government House Foundation.

Stewards of the Future

The Stewards of the Future program stemmed from the Honourable Judith Guichon’s long-standing connection to the land and the importance of biodiversity. Its purpose is to promote the concept of a holistic approach to our endeavors based on respect, and the responsibility of all for the future. Stewards of the Future encourages and supports secondary-school youth to get outside and explore their own communities to discover and document unique attributes, identify and research key issues of concern, and investigate stewardship initiatives.

Stewards of the Future provides funding and support for high school teachers and other educators to take students on field trips, to visit local sites of interest, and to engage in stewardship projects in their communities.

The Stewards of the Future toolkit was created for teachers, leaders and students to inspire and support them in becoming involved in hands-on, place-based explorations of their communities, and the stewardship issues relevant to them. This Toolkit includes some background on the Stewards of the Future program, research on place-based learning and action projects, an outline of the overall program process and funds available, a listing of partners to support your efforts, and activities and tools for students, teachers, and other groups to get engaged.

Write to Read

The Honourable Judith Guichon continued to build on the literacy program the previous Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Steven Point, developed with Rotary. Through the Write to Read Project, Rotary clubs throughout British Columbia partner with remote communities and help build community libraries and other much needed amenities. With the support of the Government House Foundation, the Lieutenant Governor visits these communities and officially opens their libraries.

Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines

The Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines were established in 2003 by the Honourable Iona Campagnolo to recognize excellence in the province’s wine industry. The Wine Awards were capped with a visit to the winning wineries, where the Lieutenant Governor presented awards in person, accompanied by the Consular Corps, as part of promoting BC’s wines on an international level.

In 2018, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, with support from the Government House Foundation, and The Okanagan Wine Festivals Society announced a new partnership in recognizing the best of British Columbia wines with the creation of the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards.

The British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards replaced the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in B.C. Wine and the B.C. Wine Awards. The new competition is open to all licensed wineries in British Columbia, including fruit wines and mead. Bronze, silver and gold medals are awarded, with the top 1% of medal winners receiveing the Lieutenant Governor’s platinum medal and with one wine receiving the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Best Wine in British Columbia.

More information on the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s Wine Awards is available here.