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Venue

view of the Grand Hotel

This year's gala event was held on Saturday, October 18th, at the Grand Hotel in Nanaimo. 



Reception Area

a few guests in the reception area

A few members and guests have arrived and mingle in the reception area.  Here, Gary Mitchell is talking to Judy and Steve Cowan.   Steve is standing in front of one of his handiworks, one of the branch's educational displays.

Arms of Gary Mitchell

more guests in the reception area

Lesley Patten is chatting with Sir John and Jennifer Cave-Browne-Cave, her aunt Lynn Patten, and her husband Talal Elarid.

Arms of Sir John Cave-Browne-Cave

more guests in the reception area

More members and guests have arrived and the room is filling. 

Arms of Gary Mitchell Arms of Sir John Cave-Browne-Cave Arms of Laurie Patten

two harpists playing

Off in the corner are two harpists doing their magic to create the perfect ambiance. 



Lynn Patten and Shirley Greenwood

Lynn Patten and events director Shirley Greenwood relax. 

Arms of Shirley Greenwood

Amanda, John Neil, and Shirley Greenwood

Shirley is joined by her daughter Amanda and branch president John Neill. 

Arms of Shirley Greenwood Arms of John Neill

Tom Mercer and Courtney Harach

Tom Mercer and Courtney Harach pause from their conversation on working with stained glass. 



display end panels

Parts of the Lawrence J. Patten Heraldry Display were transported from Government House and used as a divider between the reception and dining areas. 



Dining Room

view of the dining room

Dining tables are patiently waiting for the dinner to begin. 



lieutenant governor and entourage

Her Honour Judith Guichon has arrived and is waiting to be piped into the dining room. 

Arms of HH Judith Guichon

Her Honour talking about her arms

After being introduced by branch president John Neill, Her Honour begins a very interesting description of her arms, giving the background of each element. 

Arms of HH Judith Guichon

Her Honour talking about her arms

After her presentation, Her Honour receives a table shield of her arms from John Neill.   She seemed well pleased by the gift. 

Arms of John Neill Arms of HH Judith Guichon

Her Honour giving John Neill a comemorative medallion

Turning the tables, Her Honour now gives a gift to John, a beautiful medallion with the BC arms on the obverse and her arms on the reverse, celebrating her acquisition of arms.  Her Honour also gave a similar medallion to Robb Watt, Rideau Herald Emeritus.  (The photo for that presentation came out even worse than this one and was unuseable.  Sorry. - Webmaster)

Arms of John Neill Arms of HH Judith Guichon

members and guests at the head table

Her Honour is talking to other members of the head table. 

Arms of John Neill Arms of HH Judith Guichon

members and guests at table 2

Members and guests at Table 2.  Capt. Lacey was the Aide de Camp for Her Honour.

Arms of Alison Watt Arms of Shirley Greenwood Arms of Robert Watt

members and guests at table 3

Members and guests at Table 3. 

Arms of Sir John Cave-Browne-Cave Arms of Laurie Patten

members and guests at table 4

Members and guests at Table 4. 

Arms of David Hjalmarson Arms of Cyril Lane Arms of Charlie Kingston

members and guests at table 5

Members and guests at Table 5. 

Arms of Brian Hutchison Arms of Gary Mitchell Arms of Lee Van Horne

Her Honour saying goodbye to a couple of guests

The lieutenant governor makes her rounds of goodbyes before she leaves. 

Arms of HH Judith Guichon Arms of Cyril Lane




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