Share Your Voice: The Democracy & Me Poetry Contest

Young British Columbians are invited to express themselves through poetry or spoken word on the topic of democracy, with a chance to win a trip to Victoria!

A Message of Support for British Columbians from Her Majesty The Queen

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has extended her support to all British Columbians in light of the recent weather events and flooding in the province.

Nominations Open for the 2022 BC Reconciliation Award

Nominations are now open for the 2022 BC Reconciliation Award, presented in partnership with the BC Achievement Foundation.

A Time to Make Real Change: Inspiring Women in STEM with Mina Hoorfar

Mina Hoorfar is at the forefront of promoting STEM technology in British Columbia. As part of the Women Leading Change in STEM initiative, Mina shares her journey from inspired young girl in Iran to dean of Faculty and Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Victoria.

Change is Growing: The New Reality of Gardening with Brian Minter

The Friends of Government House Gardens Society were lucky to have a special guest speaker last month: world renowned gardening expert Brian Minter. In this guest blog, Brian, sharing his thoughts on changes in how we garden and interact with our natural world.

Celebration and Commemoration: Marking Pride Month in British Columbia

Reflections on Pride, progress and the people and communities we must uplift, love and protect.

Looking to the Past for Courage for the Future: Telling the Stories of Chinese Canadians with Carol Lee

Asian Heritage Month closes with a guest blog from Carol Lee, a CEO with strong family ties to Vancouver Chinatown, and a tireless drive to preserve and celebrate Chinese Canadian culture and history in British Columbia.

Recognition, Resilience, and Resolve: Reflecting on the History of Asian-Canadians

LG Youth Advisory Council member Jonathan Tang shares his reflections on the meaning of Asian Heritage Month to him and other Canadians of Asian descent.

Celebrating Asian Heritage Month

Asian Heritage Month is an opportunity to recognize and explore the accomplishments, artistry, traditions and culture of those who helped build the province that would become British Columbia, and all members of Asian-Canadian communities who have called BC home since.

Announcing the Recipients of the BC Reconciliation Award

Honouring individuals and organizations have shown extraordinary leadership & meaningful action, while inspiring others to continue Reconciliation efforts.

A Lifelong Love for Volunteering: David Valentine, Honorary Aide-de-Camp

An Honorary Aide-de-Camp to four Lieutenant Governors and a lifelong volunteer with St John Ambulance, David Valentine is an example to all who choose to give their time.

Volunteering is a Lifelong Learning Experience: Paige Ingram and Furqana Khan

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, two members of the LG Youth Advisory Council share their experiences volunteering, and why everyone should consider donating their time to good causes.

You Might Bee Perfect for Volunteering: Carolyn Hissen, Volunteer Beekeeper at Government House

Carolyn Hissen felt the call of volunteering from an early age. This Volunteer Week, meet Government House’s volunteer beekeeper and learn how volunteering makes her life sweeter.

The Value of Volunteering: Jonathan Tang and Emma Borhi of the LG Youth Advisory Council

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, two members of the LG Youth Advisory Council share their experiences volunteering, and why everyone should consider donating their time to good causes.

National Volunteer Week: The Value of One, the Power of Many
I am delighted to mark the launch of National Volunteer Week, a week-long campaign celebrated across Canada in recognition of volunteers and those who donate their time, skills and energy to better their communities. This year's theme reflects on how...
In Memory of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

A Statement from the Lieutenant Governor on the Passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

An Update on Government House Refurbishments

An update on refurbishments taking place at Government House.

Job Opportunity – Volunteer Coordinator, Goverment House

Government House is looking for a Volunteer Coordinator, a role that will be a pivotal liaison between our volunteers and the Government House Director of Operations.

A Bloom of Hope: Government House’s Ongoing Commitment in the Fight Against Food Insecurity

Government House is committed to fighting food insecurity, giving back through community initiatives and gardening.

Women on the COVID Front Lines: Sydney-Anne Porter, Owner and Manager, AG Valley Foods

Meet Sydney-Anne Porter, Owner and Manager, AG Valley Foods.

Women on the COVID Front Lines: Sarah Crowe, Nurse Practitioner, Surrey Memorial Hospital

Meet Sarah Crowe, a Nurse Practitioner at Surrey Memorial Hospital.

Women on the COVID Front Lines: Dr. Charuka Maheswaran, General Practitioner and Public Health Physician-in-Training

Meet Dr. Charuka Maheswaran, General Practitioner and Public Health Physician-in-Training.

Women on the COVID Front Lines: Cheri Franklin, handyDART Driver

Meet Cheri Franklin, a handyDart driver from Kamloops.

Women on the COVID Front Lines: Karen Reader, Paramedic, Unit Chief and Community Paramedicine Mentor

Meet Karen Reader, Unit Chief for Station 330 in Princeton, and a Community Paramedicine Mentor.

Women on the COVID Front Lines: Angie Maitland, Director of Education, Haisla Nation Council

Meet Angie Maitland, Director of Education for the Haisla Nation Council.

Notice of Temporary Main Gate Closure at Government House

On Wednesday, March 10, 2021, the main gate to Government will be temporarily closed from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.

Nominate an Extraordinary British Columbian for the Order of BC

Nominations are now open for the Order of British Columbia, the highest form of recognition the Province can extend to its citizens.

Black History Month: A Look Back at Learning and the Journey Forward

Black History Month has come to an end for 2021, and it is with great humility that I reflect on what I’ve learned, and what I can do going forward to share the lives and achievements of Black British Columbians

Woodlands Trail Temporarily Closed at Government House

A notice for visitors to Government House, the Woodlands Trail is closed temporarily due to inclement weather

Black History Month: Reflections on the Past and Supporting the Future

Welcome to week two of Black History Month, highlighting some of the contemporary organizations doing the work to support Black excellence in British Columbia

Celebrating Black History Month in British Columbia

February 1st marks the beginning of Black History Month, a time to celebrate the history and vibrant communities of Black British Columbians.

New Year’s Day Levée : A Collection of Memories

We are delighted to share the winner of our New Year’s Day Levée photo contest.

The LG Report: 2020, a Year of Resilience

2020 has been an exceptional year in many ways. I reflect on the challenges, accomplishments and small joys of a year like no other.

Government House Invites British Columbians to Share New Years Day Levée Memories

With the cancellation of the New Years Day Levée, Government House invites all who have attended a Levée to share their favourite photographs and memories.

Grounds of Government House to Reopen on Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The grounds of Government House will reopen at dawn on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. Thank you to all for your patience and understanding over the course of this closure.

COVID-19 Updates for Visitors to Government House

With cases of COVID-19 increasing on Vancouver Island, the grounds of Government House will be closed for at least two weeks.

Introducing the British Columbia Reconciliation Award

Today, in partnership with the BC Achievement Foundation, we launch the British Columbia Reconciliation Award to recognize individuals and organizations who have demonstrated exceptional leadership, integrity, respect and commitment to furthering reconciliation or inspired others to continue reconciliation efforts.

A Statement From The Lieutenant Governor on the 2020 Provincial Election

The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia hereby announces she has invited Premier John Horgan to form a new government.

The LG Youth Advisory Council: Why We Vote (And Why You Should Too!)

The members LG Youth Advisory Council are heading to the polls this Saturday to participate in the BC General Election and they want you to join them!

Notice of Main Gate Closure at Government House

Starting on October 5, 2020, the main gate entrance to the grounds at Government House and connecting driveway will be closed for construction.

Because of Her: Seeking Inspiration for Gender Equality Week

Gender Equality Week is an opportunity to share the contributions of women and gender diverse communities, and celebrate their achievements, accomplishments and work in advancing gender equality.

Fall Updates from Government House

Updates on the status of the Government House grounds, House renovations, and thanks to all patrons for another successful season of Rudi’s Tea Room.

“Food is Community”: Giving Back Through Gardening with Willow Kaukanon

Meet Willow Kaukanon, manager of the Government House Victory Over COVID Garden.

You’re Not in This Alone: Tips for Students During COVID-19

LG Youth Advisory Council members Samer Rihani and Furqana Khan share advice for students on finances, international studies and helpful resources for confusing times.

Words Matter, Actions Matter Even More

Nurjehan Mawani, former Chair of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and Commissioner of the Federal Public Service Commission, shares a guest blog on her experiences as an immigrant to Canada, and what effective action against racism looks like.

Bringing People Together Through Baking: Connecting During COVID-19

Alana Forsyth, LG Youth Advisory Council member, shares how she kept her youth group connected during COVID.

Change, Resilience, and Support: A Perspective of COVID-19 From Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

A guest blog written by Nicolas Tellez-Espana, a member of the LG Youth Advisory Council, sharing his perspective on COVID-19 from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

The Commemorate 50 Timeline: The Champions

The Champions are the last category of the Commemorate 50 Timeline. They’ve picked up where the Trailblazers left off, carrying the fight for equal rights and representation into the next generation of LGBTQ2S+ people in Canada.

The Commemorate 50 Timeline: Civil Rights

Civil rights are the foundation of our individual freedom. They entitle us to basic rights, safety, dignity and respect, that allow us to participate in society without discrimination or repression. The Civil Rights category of the Commemorate 50 Timeline represents this long journey, that still hasn’t come to an end for many.

The Commemorate 50 Timeline: Gender Identity

The third category of the Commemorate 50 Timeline is devoted to moments in Canada’s history related to gender identity.

The Commemorate 50 Timeline: Arts & Culture

The second category of the Commemorate 50 Timeline is devoted to a selection of LGBTQ2S+ pioneers in the arts, who stayed true to their creative selves when it felt impossible for many to do so, along with cultural moments that gave further space for members of the LGBTQ2S+ community to find their voice and place within Canadian society.

The Commemorate 50 Timeline: Trailblazers

The first category of the Commemorate 50 Timeline is devoted to a selection of trailblazers whose work laid the groundwork for equal rights for LGBTQ2S+ people in Canada.

Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day, recognizing the heritage, culture and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

The Commemorate 50 Timeline: Celebrating the Accomplishments and Contributions of LGBTQ2S+ People in Canada

Introducing the C50 Timeline, recognizing the work, sacrifices and resiliency of both LGBTQ2S+ trailblazers and current advocates.

Summertime Updates from Government House

Updates on refurbishments at Government House, the Music on the Lawn summer concert series and open hours for the grounds.

Temporary Closure: Rudi’s Tea Room

Rudi’s Tea Room will be CLOSED for one day on Friday, June 19, due to BC Hydro maintenance requirements.

Join Us to Get Growing!

Government House is delighted to take part in Get Growing, Victoria!, a free food seedlings distribution program created by the City of Victoria.

Remembering Rudi Hoenson

Government House has lost a great friend with the passing of Rudi Hoenson, a lifelong philanthropist and passionate supporter of Government House.

#DifferentTogether: Join Me in Opposing Racism

Racism has no place in British Columbia. I ask you to join me, alongside leaders in government, business and social services, in pledging to uphold the Canadian values of diversity and inclusion and to oppose racism and hate in all its forms.

Announcing the Winners of the Democracy and Me Art Contest

After much deliberation, the winners of the Democracy & Me art contest have been selected.

A Message for Victoria Day

While British Columbians look forward to a long weekend, and we celebrate the birthday of The Queen,

Rudi’s Tea Room Is Back for the Summer

As of May 20, 2020, Rudi’s Tea Room will be open for business for the summer.

Government House Grounds to Reopen

The grounds of Government House will re-open to visitors on May 14, 2020, with new limited hours.

75 Years of Freedom: Remembering the Liberation of the Netherlands

Beautiful orange tulips have bloomed at Government House in special tribute to the friendship between Canada and the Netherlands.

Learning From Home: Resources for Parents and Students

With school closures ongoing for students in British Columbia, parents and caregivers are looking for ways to support continued learning at home.

Sharing is Caring: Support Throughout British Columbia for Those in Need

We are in this together: community resources outside of Vancouver and Victoria for those who need help during these challenging time.

A New Kind of Community Growth: The Victory Over COVID Garden

Here at Government House, we want to do our part in the fight against COVID-19, and that’s why we’re working with community partners, including the City of Victoria, to create the Victory Over COVID garden (VOC).

Celebrating Earth Day in Our Naturehoods

Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! I’m recognizing the beautiful natural environments of British Columbia, including some found right in our neighbourhoods.

National Volunteer Week: Recognizing Those Who Give Their Service

April 19-25 is National Volunteer Week, and I’m kicking it off by recognizing the Honorary Aides-de-Camp who support the Office of the Lieutenant Governor.

Community Cohesion Gets Creative: Ideas on How to Be Together While Staying Apart

British Columbians are doing the hard work to stay socially and physically distanced, against all odds, we’re becoming closer than ever before. Learn how communities in our province are building connections and how you too can take part.

An Update on Guidelines for Stewards of the Future

In light of changes across British Columbia as a result of COVID-19, especially those that affect schools, we have updated guidelines for the Stewards of the Future program.

Keeping Busy with the Kids: Activities for Housebound Families

For parents and caregivers of children, it can be challenging to come up with new ways to keep young people busy. Fortunately, there are many online resources with ideas and activities to engage kids of all ages.

A Message from the Lieutenant Governor: The Gardens of Government House Are Closed

With recent closures of various parks and community amenities, Government House has been receiving inquiries about continued access to the grounds.

Notice for Visitors to Government House

The grounds of Government House are currently closed to the public. Please read more for details.

Down Dog at Home: Fitness for the Living Room or Backyard

If you’re confined to fitness at home, whether that be in your backyard or living room, there are many options available online. Check out classes from yoga to high intensity workouts and even tips on how to modify your chores to double as a fitness routine.

How Can We Talk to Kids About COVID-19?
Today I am pleased to bring you a guest blog written by Dr. Robin Williams. Dr. Williams is a past president of the Canadian Paediatric Society, and the current chair of the Early Years Task Force for the Canadian Paediatric...
Donate to Save a Life: Make an Appointment with Canadian Blood Services

Many appointments to donate blood have been cancelled in recent weeks, but it’s still safe to make a donation! Find out how you can help save a life.

Champions for Equality: Genesa Greening and Deb Bryant

Genesa Greening is advocating for women’s equitable access to quality healthcare, while Deb Bryant is supporting the province’s most vulnerable. Meet today’s Champions for Equality.

Connecting During COVID: Tips to Start Your Own Online Book Club

With Canadians in self isolation, many people are finding themselves reading more than ever. Here’s some tips on how to start your own online book club.

Creating a Healthy Home Environment

With as many people as possible working remotely to prevent the spread of COVID-19, I want to share some tips on maintaining a healthy home environment.

Care-mongering: How to Give and Stay Safe Doing So

Front line organizations and caretakers of high-risk populations need our help, and they need it now. Luckily, we can all help in a variety of ways, many of which don’t require leaving your home.

Join the Great BC Book Club

As many of you share our love of literature and its therapeutic value, I’m launching the Great BC Book Club, engaging BC bibliophiles through online discussion.

A Message from the Lieutenant Governor

A message from the Lieutenant Governor regarding COVID-19 and a new digital campaign from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor in support of all British Columbians.

COVID-19 Update from Jerymy Brownridge, Executive Director of Government House

An update on COVID-19 precautions and measures being taken at Government House, from Jerymy Brownridge, Executive Director of Government House.

Champions for Equality: Denise Williams and Tracy Porteous

Denise Williams is bringing Indigenous innovation to the forefront of technology, while Tracy Porteous is building support and awareness for survivors of gender-based violence. Meet today’s Champions for Equality…

Champions for Equality: Tamara Pongracz and Tina Strehlke

Tamara Pongracz is opening doors to new types of careers for women, while Tina Strehlke is empowering female leadership. Meet today’s Champions for Equality…

Statement from the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia on COVID-19

A statement from the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia on COVID-19…

Champions for Equality: Kasari Govender and Zoe Craig-Sparrow

Kasari Govender is fighting for human rights, and Zoe Craig-Sparrow is championing education and the resiliancy of women and girls. Meet today’s Champions for Equality…

Champions for Equality: Cybele Negris and Savanah Norman

Cybele Negris heads a successful tech company and Savanah Norman is working to protect and support vulnerable women and girls. Meet today’s Champions for Equality…

Champions for Equality: Angela Sterritt and Jill Tipping

Angela Sterritt is breaking ground as an Indigenous reporter with CBC, and Jill Tipping is developing technology for the benefit of British Columbians. Meet today’s Champions for Equality…

Champions for Equality: Inspiring BC Leaders Making a Difference

I’m excited to announce the launch of Champions for Equality, in partnership with Parliamentary Secretary Mitzi Dean and the BC Gender Equity Office. We’ll share profiles over the coming weeks of women in British Columbia whose work actively combats biases, broadens perceptions, and celebrates women’s achievements…

Meet the LG Youth Advisory Council

I’m pleased to introduce the members of the LG Youth Advisory Council, a guiding body of young people from throughout the province…

Bringing Together the Voices of Young British Columbians

The LG Youth Advisory Council has assembled for their first meeting in Vancouver…

The LG Report: Looking Back at 2019, Moving Forward to 2020

As we embark on a new year, I reflect with great pleasure on the activities of 2019, the many outstanding people I’ve had the privilege of meeting, and the warm welcome I have received from communities throughout our province…

Join us for the 2020 New Year’s Day Levée!

Join us at Government House for the annual New Years Day Levee

Refurbishments at Government House

Starting early in the new year, Government House will be undergoing significant refurbishments, including a series of long-needed upgrades and renovations

16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence

Today is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and the launch of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Learn more about education resources and ways to support women and individuals affected by gender-based violence.

Is it Time to Wave the Flag? On Conversations, Collaborations and Sharing History

Reflections on Commemorate 50 so far, including a vast history still to be learned, the power of conversation and a special thanks to the panelists of “Is it Time to Wave the Flag”, the Office of the LG’s collaboration with UBC

Apply for the 2020 Stewards of the Future Session

The Honourable Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, supported by the Government House Foundation, has launched the sixth year of Stewards of the Future, a program to promote stewardship and environmental awareness among youth

A Symbolic Gesture of Remembrance: The First Poppy Presentation

The presentation of the first poppy to the Lieutenant Governor marks the start of the annual Poppy Campaign, in support of veterans and their families. Learn more about the history and relevance of this ceremony.