LETTER: New Years Day at Government House a moment of optimism

I was one of the many hundreds of people who partook in the New Year’s Day Levee this year at Government House. It is always a treat to be invited as members of the public to explore the lovely ballroom and the delight of personally shaking the hands of our ever changing lieutenant–governor.

It was not the fabulous decorations, nor the beautiful architecture though, that made a lasting impression on me this New Year’s Levee however. It was the Lt. Gov. Janet Austin’s speech to us in the audience. She embraced the truth and reconciliation process, reminded everyone there to support the homeless, Our Place and always be working against social injustices as she had done through out her entire career.

Lt. Gov. Austin also reminded us of the intelligence of our Queen Elizabeth and her true dedication to her lifelong roll as monarch. With the mention of England’s parliamentary system she reminded us all of the fragility of the democracies of the world and we as Canadians must be mindful of the dangers of taking for granted the democratic rule we enjoy here in Canada. She never mentioned south of the border but she did not have to. The speech was followed by Rose Henry joined by the audience in a ceremonial chant on behalf of women warriors past and present. It was truly moving and warmly embraced by all in the room.

This New Year’s Day spent at Government House I came away with a renewed sense of opportunity for Canada to continue to show the world how and why our country with our morals, ideals and our social empathy, continues to be the envy of many. Also, the visit was a stark reminder that freedom and democratic rule must not be taken for granted by us Canadians.

Rachel McDonnell

Oak Bay

Just Posted

City of Victoria reaches impasse on hosting a casino, votes to never reply to BCLC

Conflict between legal concerns and reconciliation push decision ‘into the ether’

School district reconsiders late French for Cedar Hill, but Central is out

District says space at Central at capacity, while Cedar Hill has room

Saanich councillor calls for interim Garry oak protection from development

Development in Saanich needs no environmental permits

Strong winds up to 100 km/h for parts of Vancouver Island

Wind warning in effect for north, east and west Vancouver Island into Saturday morning

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Scientists ID another possible threat to orcas: pink salmon

For two decades, significantly more of the whales have died in even-numbered years than in odd years

B.C. dangerous offender in court for violating no-contact order, sends letter to victim

Wayne Belleville was shocked to see a letter addressed to him from his shooter, Ronald Teneycke

Judge denies requests from Calgary couple charged in son’s death

David and Collet Stephan wanted $4 million to pay for past and future legal bills

Explosion sends B.C. firefighter to hospital

Kelowna fire crews responded to a blaze at Pope’sGallery of BC Art & Photography on Friday

Ex-Mountie investigating ‘Surrey six’ murders pleads guilty to obstruction

Derek Brassington entered his plea in B.C. Supreme Court on Friday

Man blames his loud car radio, sirens for crash with B.C. ambulance

Tribunal rejects bid to recoup ICBC costs after crash deemed 100-per-cent his fault

Ferry from Port Hardy to Bella Coola expected to set sail this summer

Its first in-service route will sail in central coast waters on May 18, 2019.

Fashion Fridays: Inspirational gym outfits

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Most Read