Governor General Julie Payette Becomes Patron of RASC

The Governor General of Canada, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, has agreed to become Viceregal Patron of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.

Viceregal patronage is granted for the length of a Governor General’s time in office. The first Governor General to be Viceregal Patron of the RASC was Ms. Payette’s predecessor, David Johnston.

The RASC was granted its “royal” designation in 1903 by His Majesty King Edward VII.

“We in the RASC are especially gratified that Ms. Payette is serving as our patron, since we know her from her path-breaking work as a Canadian astronaut,” RASC President Chris Gainor said. “Ms. Payette has done a great deal of work over the years promoting space science and astronomy with large numbers of Canadians.”

Ms. Payette has also sent greetings to the RASC on the occasion of its 150th anniversary this year. Her statement will appear in the December 2018 issue of the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.


Chris Gainor

RASC President


eNews date: 
Tuesday, October 9, 2018