Honorary Patron

The Honourable Janet Austin, OBC
Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

The Honourable Janet Austin OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, is an Honorary Patron of the Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia.

Her Honour supports and encourages the work of the Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia because the wise stewardship and conservation of BC’s grasslands provides important environmental, social, and economic benefits to current and future generations.

Her Honour places a high value on community non-profit organizations because, prior to her appointment as Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia in 2018, she spent 15 years as Chief Executive Officer of YWCA Metro Vancouver, one of the province’s largest and most diversified non-profits.  There she oversaw operations delivering services to tens of thousands of people annually at more than 40 locations.

Her Honour also has actively volunteered for many organizations in commitment to helping improve the lives of others.  She has served on the boards of TransLink, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, the Canadian Pediatric Society, the Council for Early Child Development, the Women’s Health Research Institute, MOSAIC, and the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation.

Her Honour is Chancellor of the Order of British Columbia and was invested as a Member of the Order in 2016.  She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Honorary Patron of Grasslands Conservation Council - Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
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