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In a farewell ceremony at the Parliament Buildings, Premier John Horgan thanked outgoing Lt. Gov. Judith Guichon for her service to the Province of British Columbia.

Guichon leaves behind a distinguished legacy. During her tenure, she championed several causes, including community music through the Sing Me a Song program, promoted British Columbia’s vineyards through the Lieutenant Governor’s Awards for Excellence in British Columbia Wines, and celebrated Canada 150 by visiting 150 schools throughout the province. Guichon has served as lieutenant governor since Nov. 2, 2012.

“I thank Her Honour for her years of loyal service to this province,” said Premier Horgan. “She performed her duties honorably, and executed her considerable responsibilities with the utmost integrity. We are privileged to have had her service.”

As a parting gift, the Province is making a $10,000 donation to Stewards of the Future, a program started by Guichon to connect the province’s youth to the outdoors. The funding will help ensure the program will continue to support high school teachers and other educators to take students on field trips, visit local sites of interest, and engage in stewardship projects in their communities.

As a lifelong rancher, Guichon was presented with a western saddle pad embroidered with the Lieutenant Governor’s Crest and the Province’s Coat of Arms. Premier Horgan also thanked Guichon’s husband, Bruno Mailloux, and presented him with a Haida Dreamtime wool blanket, woven by artist James Hart.

The farewell included a 15-gun Vice-Regal Salute, fired by a troop of the 5th (British Columbia) Field Regiment, Royal Canadian artillery. The Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy played the Vice-Regal Salute, in tribute to her service.