Royal rep to open fair

The Rock Creek and Boundary Fair will be officially opened by the Lieutenant Governor of B.C., the Honourable Judith Guichon

B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon will be on hand to open the Rock Creek Fall Fair on Sept. 14.

B.C.’s Lieutenant Governor Judith Guichon will be on hand to open the Rock Creek Fall Fair on Sept. 14.

The Lieutenant Governor of B.C., the Honourable Judith Guichon, will be opening this year’s Rock Creek and Boundary Fall Fair September 14.

“Her Honour is the province’s representative of Her Majesty The Queen in British Columbia. Her Honour has spent a lifetime working and volunteering in community organizations and has an extensive background in ranching, so is a perfect fit for this year’s Rock Creek and Boundary Fall Fair theme Powered by Volunteers.”

Guichon was sworn-in as the 29th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia on November 2, 2012.

Prior to this appointment she owned and operated Gerard Guichon Ranch in the Nicola Valley. The Guichon family has ranched in the area since 1878. Guichon’s father-in-law was awarded the Order of Canada in 1974 for his leadership in Cattleman’s Associations and his contribution to agriculture in Canada. Her four children now manage the ranch with a 700-head cow-calf and 700-yearling operation.

Her Honour has also been involved in several organizations. She served on the local hospital board and Community Health Council and was on the Community Health Foundation board. Prior to this, she served as a 4-H Leader and started a recycling society in Merritt with a neighbor. She also served as a director for the Fraser Basin Council of B.C., director of the Grasslands Conservation Council of B.C., member of the Nicola Water Use Management planning committee and played the flute in the Nicola Valley Community Band.

Prior to her term as Lieutenant Governor, Guichon served on the Provincial Task Force on Species at Risk and completed a two-year term as the president of the British Columbia Cattlemen’s Association. She has also been a part of the Ranching Task Force for B.C. and the British Columbia Agri-Food Trade Advisory Council.