Judith Guichon, the lieutenant governor of B.C. visited Duncan’s Queen of Angels School on May 8. Pictured is Guichon, left taking questions from Grade 6 student Bennett Telfar, and a number of other students. (Robert Barron photo)

Judith Guichon, the lieutenant governor of B.C. visited Duncan’s Queen of Angels School on May 8. Pictured is Guichon, left taking questions from Grade 6 student Bennett Telfar, and a number of other students. (Robert Barron photo)

Lieutenant Governor visits Duncan school for Canada 150

Judith Guichon visiting 150 schools to celebrate Canada’s birthday

Bennett Telfer said he was impressed with Judith Guichon, the lieutenant governor of B.C., when he met her face to face at his school on May 8.

Bennett, a Grade 6 student at Duncan’s Queen of Angels School, was one of a number of students at the school chosen to ask Guichon a question while she was visiting as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation this year.

He asked the lieutenant governor why she wanted to take the job, to which she replied that she saw it as a great opportunity to learn something new and serve her country at the same time.

“I was impressed with her answer,” Bennett said after the one-hour reception at Queen of Angels School Monday morning.

“She was pretty nice and she said she own a ranch. I’d like to visit her there.”

Guichon plans to visit 150 schools across B.C. in 2017 to celebrate the nation’s birthday, and Queen of Angels was 111 on her list.

She talked to the students about Canada, its history and the role she plays in a constitutional monarchy.

“Not only is 2017 Canada’s 150th birthday, it’s also a Year of Reconciliation, a year set aside for Canadians to get to know each other better,” Guichon said.

“There have been some black marks, some great errors, in our history, but we have grown in understanding and spirit as a result.”

Rory Brennan, a Grade 5 student at Queen of Angels School, said he learned a lot about the role of the lieutenant governor from Guichon, and a lot about her as well.

“She seemed nice and kind,” he said.

“It was fun to meet her.”

Grade 9 student Clare Telfer said she was also impressed with Guichon, but she wouldn’t want her job.

“She makes it look easy, but I bet it isn’t,” she said.

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