Carey Newman in his Sooke studio. (Sooke News Mirror)

Carey Newman in his Sooke studio. (Sooke News Mirror)

Two Sooke residents to be honoured by Governor General today

Carey Newman and Tom Lott among 45 honourees

Two Sooke residents will receive special honours from Governor General Julie Payette this afternoon. The ceremony takes place Wednesday at Government House in Victoria and will be live-streamed on the Governor General’s website starting at 2 p.m.

• Artist Carey Newman created The Witness Blanket as part of the ongoing reconciliation process between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. Woven into this two-metre by thirteen-metre structure are old doors, shoes, children’s drawings and other artifacts collected from residential schools and their former students. The exhibit has travelled throughout the country, eliciting emotional responses from survivors and promoting a shared understanding of Canada’s past.

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• Tom Lott has served in a number of positions with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 54, most recently as chair of the Poppy Campaign. He is involved in his church and with various community initiatives, and is also a volunteer driver for Cancer Drive, which transports patients to and from appointments in the region.