Honorary Patronage

Honorary Patronage Patronage, in the sense of support and encouragement of worthy endeavours, is a legitimate function of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. It derives from the concept of the Crown as the source of the highest honours and...

His Honour Ashley Chester

His Honour Ashley Chester is retired after having spent most of his professional life in the development of social, cooperative and affordable housing in the Toronto market and, later in Vancouver, as manager of project development with BC Housing. His...

Vice-Regal Canine Consort

Vice-Regal Canine Consort MacDuff Austin-Chester- a charming and self-confident West Highland White Terrier- was born in Summerland, BC, on May 24, 2010. He was raised in Vancouver by the Lieutenant Governor and the Vice Regal Consort, both of whom he...

The Crown and Indigenous Peoples

The Crown and Indigenous Peoples The relationship between the Crown and Indigenous peoples of British Columbia is ever-evolving and has become an important focus of the Lieutenant Governor. Under the role of the Crown and Indigenous Peoples, the Lieutenant Governor...

Her Honour

The Honourable Janet Austin, OBC Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia The Honourable Janet Austin was sworn-in as the 30th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia on April 24, 2018. Prior to this appointment, she spent 15 years as Chief Executive Officer...

Office of the Lieutenant Governor

Office of the Lieutenant Governor The Office of the Lieutenant Governor supports the Lieutenant Governor in delivering her mandate and fulfilling her vice-regal, constitutional, celebratory and promotional responsibilities. The Office is also responsible for managing and maintaining Government House, the...

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Patronages of the Lieutenant Governor

Current Patronages of the Lieutenant Governor If your organization wishes to request patronage, kindly submit your request by letter with a copy of the attached Application for Patronage. 4-H British ColumbiaAngel Flight of British ColumbiaArchives Association of British ColumbiaArt Gallery...

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Legacy Programs

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. Write to...

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Heraldry

Heraldry Heraldry started in 12th-century Europe when knights painted their shields with emblems to symbolize their unique identity and interests when in full armour. Gradually, monarchs took control of the official granting and use of coats of arms, which allowed...

Nominate Someone

Nominate Someone Do you know someone who deserves recognition for their community service, volunteerism or commitment to improving the lives of others? Consider them nominating for an honour or award. The Lieutenant Governor encourages British Columbians to nominate those extraordinary...

Awards

Awards Her Honour profiles the accomplishments of British Columbians through prestigious award programs that carry the name of the lieutenant governor. Administered by independent organizations, these awards represent the pinnacle of achievement for each organization. There are currently 14 awards...

Canadian Honours System

Canadian Honours System On behalf of the Governor General, the Lieutenant Governor presents awards and honours under the Canadian Honours System to deserving British Columbians. These Orders, Decorations and Medals recognize outstanding citizens who have demonstrated excellence, courage or exceptional dedication to...

Honours & Awards

Honours & Awards Every day, across the province, British Columbians volunteer their time and dedicate their energy and resources to positively impact the lives of their fellow citizens. The Lieutenant Governor has an important role in honouring these outstanding British...

Priority Programs

Priority Programs Each Lieutenant Governor has the opportunity to develop unique programs and initiatives that highlight his or her interests and background. The programs are often provincial in scope and bring awareness to issues affecting British Columbians. The Lieutenant Governor's...

Promotional Role

Promotional Role The Lieutenant Governor profiles excellence and promotes the history, culture and achievements of British Columbians. The Lieutenant Governor instills pride in the geography, natural resources and people of British Columbia by profiling its rich beauty and accomplishments. To promote...

Celebratory Role

Celebratory Role The Lieutenant Governor celebrates, inspires and connects British Columbians. Every day, people from across British Columbia spend their time and energy to make a positive impact on the lives of their fellow citizens. The Lieutenant Governor has an important...

Constitutional Role

Constitutional Role The Lieutenant Governor upholds the constitutional framework in British Columbia. In this role the Lieutenant Governor personifies the Crown, which is both the apex and the unifying link in the constitutional and political structure of the province – executive, legislative,...

Vice-Regal Role

Vice-Regal Role The Lieutenant Governor represents the Crown in British Columbia. As Her Majesty’s direct representative in the province, the Lieutenant Governor is first in the provincial order of precedence and as such: Represents the Crown as Chief Executive Officer during...

The Role of Lieutenant Governor

The Role of Lieutenant Governor The post of Lieutenant Governor was established by the British North America Act in March 1867. This Act united the provinces under a central government, with each province retaining its own legislature to preside over...