OKANAGAN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA RECEIVESHONORARY PATRONAGE FROM LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA(Kelowna, BC, June 22, 2016) – The Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, has become an Honorary Patron of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra (OSO).“The board of directors of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra is proud to have received the Distinguished Patronage of the Honourable Judith Guichon,” comments Tracey Read, president of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra’s board of directors. “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. This is the first time that the OSO has been granted this honour which supports our contributions to the cultural fabric of our community.”The Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia grants patronage in order to support and encourage worthy endeavours. Her Honour is patron of many community, military and cultural associations, as well as public service organizations, lending them vital support and recognition for their outstanding contributions to society.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 Okanagan Symphony is the third largest professional symphony orchestra in British Columbia and has brought the magic of live orchestral music to residents of the Okanagan Valley since 1960.To learn more about the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra visit their website at www.okanagansymphony.com or follow at www.twitter.com/OKSymphonyOrch or www.facebook.com/OkanaganSymphonyOrchestra. See it, Hear it, Love it!

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