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Mar 30
Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon visits Surrey schools

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The Honorouable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of B.C. visited George Greenaway Elementary on March 29, in addition to Fleetwood Park Secondary, Strawberry Hill Elementary and Panorama Ridge Secondary.

As a music lover, the Honourable Judith Guichon, 29th Lieutenant Governor of B.C., was thrilled by the greeting she received during a visit to Surrey's George Greenaway Elementary.

Students, who recently staged a production of Oliver, pulled out an appropriate tune to welcome the Queen's representative, belting out the lyrics to "Consider Yourself Part of the Family."

"Consider yourself at home. Consider yourself part of the family.

We've taken to you so strong. It's clear, we're, going to get along."Gov Gen visit Students Singing.jpg

Principal Margaret Geddes highlighted some of the unique programs at George Greenaway, and made Guichon an honourary Rugged Canadian ­– a title typically bestowed upon completion of a patriotic obstacle course challenge designed at the school.

Greenaway was the 67th school attended by Guichon so far this year. To mark Canada's 150th birthday, she has pledged to engage in conversation with youth by visiting 150 B.C. schools

"This one stands out," she said after an assembly in George Greenaway's gym.

Guichon also visited Panorama Ridge Secondary, Strawberry Hill Elementary and Fleetwood Park Secondary on March 29.

She spoke to students about her roles representing the Crown and about Canada being a nation of conversation, not confrontation. Guichon shared her love of living on a cattle ranch and the value of learning about the land.

In honour of Canada's birthday, she also joked that all Canadians ought learn to pronounce – and perhaps even spell – the word sesquicentennial.

Guichon fielded questions from children, including a primary student from Syria, whose English she Strawberry Hill.jpgcomplimented while welcoming her to Canada. Two Grade 7 Syrian refugee students at Strawberry Hill Elementary (left) shared their moving story about their journey to Canada and they and their mother received a pin from Guichon. She also took time to shake some students' hands at each school.

Greenaway gave Guichon flowers and a basket of school-specific goodies, but while she appreciated the presents, she said she had already received the best gift from them: song.

So the students gave her more, sending her off with "You Can Go But Be Back Soon."

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B.C. Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon and guests were treated to a band performance during her visit to Fleetwood Park Secondary.

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Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon with students from George Greenaway Elementary.

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(Left to right) Fleetwood Park Secondary principal Cory McLaughlin, Assistant Supt. Catherine Sereda, Daniel To, principal of Education Services, the Honourable B.C. Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon and Captain Taius Yoo (HADC and also a Surrey teacher).


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