Patronage of Her Honour, the Honourable Judith Guichon,
Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
We are proud to announce that Her Honour, the Honourable Judy Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, has granted her patronage to the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.
In Canada, Lieutenant Governors uphold the constitutional framework in the provinces and represent Her Majesty Elizabeth II at the provincial level. They are appointed by the Governor General acting by and with the advice of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada, normally for a period of not less than five years.
Each Lieutenant Governor has the opportunity to develop unique programs and initiatives that highlight his or her interests and background, lending them vital support and recognition for their outstanding contributions to society.
Programs are often provincial in scope and bring awareness to issues affecting British Columbians. The Lieutenant Governor’s programs are administered and supported by the staff of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the Government House Foundation.
Organizations that are granted patronage by the Lieutenant Governor and/or the Vice-Regal Consort are chosen based on the following criteria:
- the organization must have aims and objectives which are aligned with the institutional or personal themes of the Lieutenant Governor;
- must be well established with a proven track record;
- be provincial or regional in scope;
- must have active programs that are a direct benefit to the community at large and these programs should be implemented on an annual basis;
- be non-political; and
- be financially responsible.
The Honourable Judith Guichon comes from a background of land stewardship, music and community activism. Her Honour’s priority programs focus on stewards of the future, leadership, music and the arts, and literacy. Each program is based on respect, positive relationships and the responsibility every person has for the future. Through partnerships, education, outreach and the creation of specific awards, Her Honour endeavours to bring attention and focus to these areas.
Her Honour helps to promote and profile music and the arts across the province to establish a local, national and international sense that British Columbia is a centre of artistic excellence.
We are delighted to join the illustrious group of community organizations that have met Her Honour’s criteria to receive her patronage. We hope to welcome her again to one of our concerts in the coming season.