Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lois Mitchell Formally Installed as New Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lois Mitchell Formally Installed as New Lieutenant-Governor of Alberta

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Lois Mitchell new Alberta lieutenant-governor

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EDMONTON - Calgary businesswoman and philanthropist Lois Mitchell is officially Alberta's new lieutenant-governor.

Mitchell was sworn in during a ceremony Friday at the legislature replete with red carpets, a brass band, a military guard of honour and a 15-gun military salute.

"In my wildest dreams I could not have imagined my life's path leading to this moment," Mitchell, sitting in the ornate, high-backed mahogany Speaker's chair, told the assembled dignitaries in the legislature chamber.

"I am humbled by this rare opportunity to represent Her Majesty the Queen and to serve as a safeguard of everything that the Crown in Canada represents."

Mitchell is the province's 18th lieutenant-governor, and replaces Don Ethell.

The lieutenant-governor is the Queen's representative in the province, and carries out ceremonial duties, including signing legislation. She will also play host to visiting dignitaries.

Past lieutenants-governor have, while in office, worked to raise awareness of issues or causes.

Mitchell told reporters she wants to raise the profile of the work of police officers, and also boost the Special Olympics.

"There is a great kind of need to help support the Special Olympics," Mitchell told reporters after the ceremony. "(It's my) hope that every single sports team might consider having a Special Olympian with them. They do that at (University of Calgary) on the basketball team and it's been very inspirational."

Mitchell is the senior partner and the founder of an international marketing and consulting firm. …

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