Launch of Fall 2020 Series of Evenings @ Government House

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Their Honours The Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc, Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and Mrs. Patsy LeBlanc are pleased to announce the Fall 2020 Series of Evenings @ Government House.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, five of the eight events in the Winter 2020 Series were cancelled and three of the presentations will be re-offered in the Fall 2020 Series. 

"Patsy and I are delighted to welcome people to the seventh series of Evenings at Government House that we have hosted since my appointment as Lieutenant Governor," said Lieutenant Governor Arthur J. LeBlanc.  "We are pleased that many of the performers and speakers who could not be present in the winter will be featured.”

The series includes a presentation on Alzheimer’s disease from a leading researcher, a cello and harp concert, a presentation on the Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing graduates, and presentations to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

Scheduled events in the Fall 2020 Series are:

  • Tuesday, 22 September – A presentation on the important advances in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease by the renowned researcher Dr. Sultan Darvesh, Director of the Maritime Brain Tissue Bank.
  • Tuesday, 6 October - Former Nova Scotia Talent Trust scholarship recipients, cellist Inida Gailey and harpist Ellen Gibling, will give a recital.
  • Tuesday, 20 October – To mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic, Canada’s pre-eminent naval historian, Dr. Marc Milner, will present on the longest continuous naval and air campaign during the Second World War in which the Royal Canadian Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force played a pivotal role. 
  • Tuesday, 3 November – To mark the 75th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War, renowned author Stephen Kimber will tell the story of how Halifax’s experiences during that conflict led to the shocking V-E Day Riots that marked the war’s end.
  • Tuesday, 17 November – Gloria Stephens, a graduate of the Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing, will present, "Remembering the Victoria General Hospital School of Nursing graduates who bravely served in World Wars of the 20th Century".
  • Tuesday, 1 December – To mark the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands, George Zwaagstra will present on his experience as a 10-year-old messenger boy for the Dutch resistance in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands. 

These are free public events and are open to the public.  All events commence at 7:00pm and doors open to the public at 6:30pm.

Government House will follow the prevailing health and safety regulations as they pertain to the COVID-19 pandemic and the following measures will be implemented:

  • Guests will be required to wear masks while inside Government House. 
  • There will be no reception following the presentations.
  • Seating will be limited to 25.
  • Registration will open two weeks before each presentation.  Registration will close on the Thursday before the presentation.  Up to 25 names will be randomly drawn and those chosen will be notified by the Friday before the presentation.  As seating is limited, those wishing to attend may reserve a maximum of two seats per event.  One registration per party only please.  Names drawn with an accompanying guest will be allocated two seats.
  • Guests are only permitted to register for the upcoming event.

​People wishing to attend must register by calling 902-424-7001 or by visiting the Evenings @ Government House section under News & Events on the official website at: or by emailing   

For more information and to view upcoming events in the series visit or follow the Lieutenant Governor on Twitter @LtGovNS and Facebook