On September 8, Lieutenant Governor Steven Point and 500 guests raised a new Hosaqami totem pole at Government House. The original Hosaqami, carved by Chief Mungo Martin for the Royal Canadian Navy in 1959, was presented to the Royal Navy and stood for 30 years at Portsmouth, England. The new Hosaqami, carved by Chief Tony Hunt, was commissioned in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee. Chief Hunt, a grandson of Chief Martin, helped with the original pole when he was a boy.
During BC Blooms, visitors to Government House were asked to voted on their favourite floral displays. The people’ choice for floral design was a royalty-inspired display created by Anita DeZeng. The people’s choice for land art was the Peacock created by the Victoria Flower Arrangers’ Guild (Susa Currie, Julie Noble, Dianne Green, and Rosanna Gustafson).
On 21 May 2012, in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, opened Government House to the public. The Lieutenant Governor, surrounded by the Pioneer Players in costume, unveiled a bronze statue of Sir James Douglas that now stands on a granite outcrop and looks towards the main entrance of Government House. The statue was commissioned by the Government House Foundation and sculpted by Armando Barbon. The Lieutenant Governor and Janet Renouf, President of the Friends, planted two Amber Jubilee Ninebark – a gift from the Province of Manitoba. A ceremonial one-gun salute was fired by the 78th Fraser Highlanders.
|The Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and the Friends of Government House Garden Society request the pleasure of your company at an Opening Celebration of the Cary Mews Interpretive Centre, Costume Museum, Tea House and Gift Shop on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cary Mews on the Government House grounds. Dress: Business Attire
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On Monday, April 30, 2012 at 1:00 p.m., a traditional blessing will mark the beginning of a new 30 foot totem pole being carved on the Government House grounds. Following the ceremony, which will involve Coast Salish First Nations representatives from the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, renowned KwaGulth artist Chief Tony Hunt will start work on the pole, Hosaqami. Upon its completion in September 2012, the pole will be raised in front of Government House. The ceremony is expected to last 30 minutes.
Hosaqami will be carved throughout the summer on the Government House grounds. When his schedule permits, the Honourable Steven Point, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will work with Chief Hunt on the project. Members of the public are welcome to attend the ceremony and watch the carving take place throughout the next few months in the courtyard of the Cary Castle Mews on the southeast side of the Government House property.