Friday, 22 October 2010

The Hon. Barbara Hagerman, Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island

Last week I launched a special series on my blog called Canada's Other Governors.  The first provincial vice-regal I will profile is PEI's Barbara Hagerman.

The office of the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island traces its roots back to 1769 when Walter Patterson became the first Governor of St. John Island (the former name of PEI) - weeks after the island was made a separate colony.  In 1873, Sir William Cleaver Francis Robinson became the first Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island after the colony entered Confederation.  The Lieutenant Governor's website includes an excellent walk-through-time gallery of the former vice-regals that have served the province.

The Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island's personal standard.

The present Lieutenant Governor is Barbara Hagerman.  Born in New Brunswick, Ms. Hagerman graduated from Mount Allison University, specializing in voice and organ.  After moving to PEI, she enjoyed a lengthy career in music and teaching before became The Queen's representative in the province on July 31, 2006.

In addition to her constitutional responsibilities, Her Honour has focused on the following four areas: The Arts, Multiculturalism, Youth, and Seniors.

Government House in Charlottetown, built in 1834, is the official residence
of the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island.

The Lieutenant Governor of PEI resides at Government House (commonly referred to as Fanningbank) in Charlottetown.  Islanders and visitors are encouraged to visit Government House during the Summer and also at the New Year's Levee when, by long-standing tradition, citizens may pay their respects to the Sovereign's representative.

For more information on Barbara Hagerman and the office of the Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island, be sure to check out the Her Honour's website.

Until next time,
Robert / The D.C.

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