The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, spent the morning and afternoon of June 5 in the small towns of Perth and Smiths Falls.
She arrived at Queen Elizabeth Public School in Perth at 9:30 a.m. to help with celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation, first touring the school and then spending time with students in the colourfully decorated gymnasium.
Student greeters waited in the front foyer to welcome the Lieutenant Governor, all the time eyeing red-and-white decorated cupcakes artfully displayed in a Canadian flag shape barely 10 feet away.
After her morning with the students, the Lieutenant Governor spent time with Mayor John Fenik and took a tour of the downtown heritage core as well as Stewart Park.
At midday, the Lieutenant Governor arrived at the Abbott Street lock station in Smiths Falls. Parks Canada staff and summer students were on hand to meet her, and she was given a short talk on how the locks work; one gate of the Abbott Street lock was opened to illustrate how the levels of water within the locks are controlled for boats travelling up and down the canal system.
The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario is appointed in the same way as other provincial viceroys in Canada. She is tasked with carrying out most of the monarch’s constitutional and ceremonial duties. Ms. Dowdeswell is Ontario’s 29th Lieutenant Governor.