Sooke Fall Fair’s Centennial Committee is pleased to announce this year’s 100th Anniversary will be officially opened by the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.
It is most fitting that Her Honour be the Guest of Honour considering her rich agricultural background.
Her Honour introduced Holistic Management to the ranchers of British Columbia and prior to this served as a 4-H Leader. She has also been a part of the Ranching Task Force for B.C. and the British Columbia Agri-Food Trade Advisory Council.
Opening ceremony takes place at 2 p.m., Saturday, September 7 in the Sooke Community Hall.
The Honourable Judith 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 Limited in the Nicola Valley in the Interior. The Guichon family has ranched in the area since 1878 and Her Honour’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 studied Holistic Management, a farming method which promotes sustainable management of livestock by emphasizing their natural habitat. Along with her late husband, commercial pilot Lawrence Guichon, she introduced Holistic Management to the ranchers of British Columbia.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, and raised on a farm near Hawkesbury, Ontario, Her Honour moved to British Columbia in 1972.