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Continuing the in-person program this week, the Governor and Mr Howard have appreciated the opportunity to visit Victorian organisations and businesses, and also to once again welcome Victorians to Government House.

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Continuing the in-person program this week, the Governor and Mr Howard have appreciated the opportunity to visit Victorian organisations and businesses, and also to once again welcome Victorians to Government House.

The Governor and Mr Howard had the opportunity this week of visiting Trader House Restaurants Cutler & Co, Marion and Morning Market on Gertrude Street in Fitzroy, led on a tour by co-owners Andrew McConnell and Joanna McGann.  As well as the chance to the see the inner workings of some of Melbourne’s most well-known establishments, it also gave the Governor and Mr Howard the chance to hear about the ways in which the Trader House group of restaurants has responded to COVID-19, and their plans for the summer and beyond.

In addition to continuing the program of in-person COVID-safe Investitures this week [link to investiture news website item], the Governor was delighted to welcome Mr Ray Gunston to Government House to hear about the challenges and success in the AFL’s response to the global pandemic and the broader opportunities as Victoria’s major events resume.

The Governor and Mr Howard have also continued with their virtual Governor in Schools Program, speaking with students from Bairnsdale Secondary College.  The students involved in the program this week are in year 10 and 11, and are studying Civics and Citizenship. Many will soon be embarking on their VCE studies, and will continue to learn about Victoria’s democracy whilst undertaking VCE units of Legal Studies and Australian Politics. 

Wednesday 11 November marked the 101st Remembrance Day, and while there was no public service this year, the Governor participated in a small live-streamed commemoration at the Shrine of Remembrance, where the Governor laid a wreath on behalf of the people of Victoria in memory of those who rendered the ultimate sacrifice.  The Governor also recorded a message for Remembrance Day, broadcast as part of the virtual commemoration.  The Governor’s message can be viewed in full here [link].

Friday this week marks World Kindness Day, and the Governor released a recorded message to mark this annual occasion, which was first launched in 1988 by The World Kindness Movement.  World Kindness Day aims to make the world a better place by promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness.  Visit this page [link] to view the Governor’s message in full.