Lieutenant Governor Visit to Pender Island

Her Honour arriving at the hall in the firetruck

Greenangels, along with Poets Cove Resort, CRD and TruValu, were proud to support the visit by the Lieutenant Governor, Her Honour, Judith Guichon, to the southern gulf islands.

Her visit began early in the morning when she arrived at Otter Bay, greeted by our Islands Trust trustee, Gary Steeves and his wife Marina. A drive through the countryside, over the bridge, and to South Pender, ended at Poets Cove, where many representatives from our community welcomed her to a delicious breakfast buffet.

Then off to Brooks Point to enjoy our new regional park and listen to the haunting sounds of the bagpipes, played by Jim Dunlop. Members of the Pender Island Conservancy Association were on hand to welcome Her Honour and to present her with some gifts.

Next on the agenda was a stop at our local school. Her Honour, spent an hour being entertained by the children and enjoyed herself immensely. One of the kids presented her with a lovely handmade necklace which she wore for the remainder of the day. Then a short walk across the road to the Medical Centre, where Andrea Mills greeted her and showed her our facility.

The volunteers were all waiting expectantly when Her Honour stopped to tour our remodeled library. She was thrilled by the turnout of so many people from the community.

Off to the fire hall with a warm reception from Chief Boyte and his crew. The highlight of the day was a ride in the firetruck. Chief Boyte decided that was the only way to escort Her Honour to the community hall!

At the hall, at least fifty locals had turned up to greet Her Honour and to enjoy a luncheon with her. She talked to each and every one. Many volunteers from the community worked hard to arrange the luncheon and to decorate the hall with great bunches of daffodils. The artists also put up a display of lovely work, which delighted her.

After a quick stop at historic Hope Bay, Her Honour took the ferry to spend that evening and part of the following day onGaliano Island, followed by a day on Mayne Island and Saturna. No matter where she went on the southern gulf islands, she was warmly welcomed and embraced by the islanders.

What a wonderful, community event this turned out to be for all of us!


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