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The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, visited Coast Mountains School District’s Bear Valley School on Wednesday September 16, 2015 as part of a visit to Stewart, B.C. for the World Port official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

During her visit to Bear Valley School, her Honour, the Queen’s representative in British Columbia, addressed the Kindergarten to Grade 12 students and School Staff.  She spoke about the landmark occasion for Stewart opening its doors to the world with their new deep-sea port and about her role representing the Crown in British Columbia.  She also shared with the students and staff what she did before she became the B.C. Lieutenant Governor and her continued passions which include volunteerism and responsibility to the land.

The Lieutenant Governor fielded student’s questions like how did she get to be Lieutenant Governor and she replied that she worked her way to this role based on her service as a volunteer to the Province of British Columbia including her representation on many organizational Boards within the province.

The students sang God Save the Queen and later had a chance after the assembly to meet the Lieutenant Governor and shake hands. The students joined in an impromptu chorus of Happy Birthday for Her Honour who was celebrating her birthday on September 16.

Bear Valley School received books for their school library from the Lieutenant Governor and a gift was presented to her by a student.  Coast Mountains School District’s Superintendent of Schools, Katherine McIntosh, Director of Instruction, Janet Meyer (also the Master of Ceremonies), Andrew Calhoun, Bear Valley School Principal and District of Stewart Mayor Galina Durant took part in the ceremony.  Coast Mountains’ Trustee Angela Brand Danuser also took part in the assembly.

Joining Her Honour in the vice regal party was Colonel James Hammond, Private Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor and Major Rick Lewis, Honorary Aides-de-Camp.


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