About Jocko’s Friends
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 last Lieutenant Governor of the Northwest Territories and the first Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Amédée Forget. 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.