On Wednesday, June 10, Willowbank welcomed Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, OC, OOnt, 29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, to Queenston.
Her Honour participated in a multi-faceted programme, engaging with a broad cross-section of students, graduates, faculty associates and board members.
In a roundtable discussion, the Lieutenant Governor was introduced to the student experience, cultural landscape and to Willowbank's reach in Ontario and the world.
In a tour of the estate house, workshops, lower campus and grounds, Her Honour spoke one-on-one with a range of students and graduates about their emerging careers.
The tour also gave orientation to the dynamic layers of the National Historic Site which Willowbank inhabits.
A selection of hands-on activities were in progress, including glazing, carpentry and drafting, demonstrating the balance of skills and theory in the Willowbank three-year diploma.
The programme proved an uplifting experience for the Willowbank community, full of meaningful exchanges with an accomplished Lieutenant Governor who has made vital contributions to initiatives that integrate environmental, economic, social, educational and cultural concerns.
The occasion to welcome the Lieutenant Governor, The Queen's representative in Ontario, is an important example of the dialogue made possible through the Royal Patronage of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales granted to Willowbank in 2014.