The junior members of Government House Historical Society (elementary school age children) are recognized as Jocko’s Friends. Jocko was a Capuchin monkey and the companion of the first Lieutenant Governor, Amédée Forget, who lived at Government House more than one hundred years ago. Through various activities held regularly during the year, Jocko’s Friends help preserve and promote Government House as a public heritage site.
Jocko’s Friends got their start in November 2008, when the Society promoted a junior membership program at our November Victorian Tea. In December that year, we printed the first issue of the quarterly newsletter, Monkey Business, and by December 31, 2008, Jocko’s Friends had thirty-four members. The first planned event for Jocko’s Friends was held Saturday, February 21, 2009, in Sir Richard Lake Hall at Government House with fourteen junior members and several adults in attendance. The former Lieutenant Governor, Dr. Gordon L. Barnhart, was the guest of honour.
Jocko’s Friends learn about the history of Government House, the role of the Lieutenant Governor, the Victorian Teas, the Edwardian gardens, and other Government House activities. The group has built partnerships with Pioneer Village, a senior care home located next door to Government House, and with the McNab Community Association.
Jocko’s Friends volunteer!
- At events organized by Government House, such as The Garden Party and the Old-fashioned Victorian Christmas.
- At Society events, such with the sale of raffle tickets at the Victorian Teas.
- In the community; for example, they have planted containers for the grounds at Pioneer Village and assisted at the Annual Picnic and Barbecue of the McNab Community Association.
For a $5.00 annual membership, members of Jocko’s Friends receive a subscription to Monkey Business, an invitation to a special event with the Lieutenant Governor, and a coupon for Victorian Tea.
Being part of Jocko’s Friends gives young people the opportunity to meet new people, experience the joy of volunteering, and learn new skills, such as how to fundrais,e and how to preserve Government House.
Interested in becoming one of Jocko’s Friends? Sign up today!