Picture: From YWCA Vancouver
BC`s new Lieutenant-Governor is going to be Janet Austin.
She is currently the CEO of ther YWCA in Metro Vancouver
The announcement was made this morning in Ottawa by the Prime Minister.
“Ms. Austin is an outstanding leader who has dedicated her career to improving the lives of others. Her advocacy work has helped countless Canadians, and makes her an excellent choice as British Columbia’s next Lieutenant Governor. I know she will work hard to represent the province, and its people, well.”
The statement from the Prime Minister’s office goes on to say Ms. Austin is a remarkable community leader and advocate for social change.
She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the YWCA Metro Vancouver, a position she has held since 2003.
Prior to joining the YWCA, she was the Executive Director of Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland and worked for BC Housing.
Ms. Austin is an active member of various local and national organizations, including the Board of Directors of Translink and the City of Vancouver’s Healthy City for All Leadership Table.
During her career, she has served on numerous boards, including the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and the Canadian Paediatric Society.
In a statement sent to Beach Radio News, Lieutenant-Governor Judith Guichon offered her congratulations to Janet Austin, who becomes BC`s 30th Lieutenant-Governor.
Guichon says “as someone who has dedicated her career to championing women’s equality and social change, she is a wonderful choice to represent Her Majesty The Queen in this great province.”
Guichon will remain Lieutenant-Governor until the installation of Austin in the coming weeks.
The Prime Minister thanked the outgoing Lieutenant Governor for her numerous contributions and her work to engage communities, non-profit organizations, and businesses across the province since taking office in 2012.