Lt.-Gov. coming to P.G.

The Queen's viceroy is in Prince George for a full weekend of activities starting today.

Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will be making her first official visit to this city since being named to the post almost exactly one year ago.

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Today, Austin will begin her event schedule with a visit to the Native Friendship Centre, especially for a visit to the Smokehouse Kitchen, the centre's training cafe.

"Austin will tour the Native Friendship Centre and watch a demo of bannock making by youth enrolled in the Smokehouse Kitchen catering program," said a representative of the Lieutenant Governor.

On Saturday, Austin's official duties commence at 10 a.m. at UNBC for a tour of the campus and meetings with university stakeholders. During the noon hour, Austin will move on to the Pacific Autism Centre where she will attend a luncheon with first responders and others associated to the facility.

At 3 p.m. the Khast'an Drummers will perform for the Lieutenant Governor following a tour of Lheidli T'enneh Memorial Park.

The final duty scheduled for the day is at 6 p.m. when Austin attends the Northern Emergency Support Services Training (NESST) Annual Award Banquet at the Civic Centre.

"Austin will attend and address the NESST Annual Award Banquet honouring Emergency Support Services (ESS) volunteers in northern B.C. for long-service volunteering with ESS organizations throughout the province," the representative said.

On Sunday, Austin will spend the morning with the Prince George Elizabeth Fry Society. She will "host a roundtable discussion with service providers and women with lived experience to learn more about the community's work with women fleeing violence and abuse."

The early afternoon provides an opportunity for the Lieutenant Governor to tour the Two Rivers Gallery and address an assembly of local arts community members, then in late afternoon she moves to the Northern Lights Estate Winery to address a gathering of leaders in local government, business and non-profit sectors.

At 9 a.m. on Monday, Austin will "attend and deliver remarks at the opening ceremonies" of the BC Association of Healthcare Auxiliaries at their annual conference held this year in Prince George at the Coast Inn of the North.

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