Updated: Oct 14, 2020
The Friends of Shoal Harbour Society and the Greater Victoria Naturehood initiative are very grateful for the on-going patronage of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. The relationship began on All Buffleheads Day in October of 2015. That year, Her Honour Judy Guichon attended and presided over the expansion of the Naturehood concept to encompass the entire Saanich Peninsula, rather than just the Shoal Harbour Migratory Bird Sanctuary.
Late in 2017, Her Honour again used her position to advance the initiative by unveiling a plaque officially declaring Government House grounds a naturehood. The plaque is located at the trailhead to the Woodlands trail which winds its way in a loop through a Garry Oak forest.
Shortly after replacing Judy Guichon as the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia in 2018, the Honourable Janet Austin enthusiastically agreed to continue serving as the patron for the Friends and for the Greater Victoria Naturehood initiative. As with the previous Lieutenant Governor, Her Honour shares a deep concern with connecting children, youth and families with nature.
As this video attests, Her Honour sees All Buffleheads Day as an excellent opportunity for achieving this connection.
Please note: the correct email address is naturecanada.ca, not naturehood.ca as mentioned by Her Honour. Thank you.