Nicola Valley woman appointed as lieutenant-governor
Nicola Valley rancher Judy Guichon is B.C.'s next lieutenant-governor.
Guichon has led a long career in cattle ranching, and helped introduce sustainable practices in cattle ranching to the Nicola Valley. She owns and operates Gerard Guichon Ranch Limited and the ranch's bed and breakfast with two of her four children and husband.
Guichon's involvement in agriculture and sustainability extends beyond her own ranch — she co-founded a recycling society in Merritt, served on the British Columbia Agri-Food Trade Advisory Council, and served two years as president of the B.C. Cattlemen's Association. She had to surrender her past president title with BCCA to accept her new post.
Guichon has also won the Environmental Stewardship Award twice, and has participated with the Grasslands Conservation and Fraser Basin Councils of B.C.
“Judy is an outstanding and dedicated person who has been a terrific representative for B.C. ranchers,” Kevin Boon, BCCA general manager, said in a press release. “She puts her heart and soul into everything she does and I’m certain she will do an extraordinary job for all British Columbians.”
Guichon is B.C.'s second female lieutenant-governor and replaces Steven Point as the province's 29th representative to the queen.
The lieutenant-governor is appointed by the Governor General on the advice of the prime minister.
Guichon was formally appointed the title in a ceremony at Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office in Ottawa on Monday.
“Mrs. Guichon has dedicated herself to her community, province and country,” the Prime Minister said in a press release. “She is a leader in keeping British Columbia’s agriculture and cattle industries environmentally sound and she has worked hard to promote and protect the ranchers of British Columbia.”
Premier Christy Clark said Guichon's extensive leadership in B.C.'s agriculture industry has positioned her to represent the province well.
“She has a deep appreciation for the history and traditions of British Columbia and has spent a lifetime ensuring that we all stay connected to our roots, particularly through her work with the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association,” Clark said.
The lieutenant-governor attends ceremonies and performs constitutional duties as assigned by Gov. Gen. David Johnston on behalf of the monarchy.
Guichon could not be reached by press time.