The Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO) has a new honorary patron in B.C. Lte.-Gov. Judith Guichon.
As lieutenant governor, Guichon can grant patronage to community, military and cultural associations, as well as public service organizations, in order to support and encourage worthy endeavours, lending them vital support and recognition for their outstanding contributions to society.
“Her honour attended the 25th anniversary celebration of the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra in 2014 and her support inspired us to apply for this distinction,” said OSO board president Tracey Read. “This is the first time that the OSO has been granted this honour which supports our contributions to the cultural fabric of our community.”
Organizations that are granted patronage by the lieutenant governor and/or the vice-regal consort are chosen based on the following criteria: the organization must have aims and objectives which are aligned with the institutional or personal themes of the lieutenant governor; must be well established with a proven track record; be provincial or regional in scope; must have active programs that are a direct benefit to the community at large and these programs should be implemented on an annual basis; be non-political; and be financially responsible.
The OSO is the third largest professional symphony orchestra in B.C. and has brought the magic of live orchestral music to residents of the Okanagan Valley since 1960.