Executive director to Lt.-Gov. discusses career
© Justin Crann
Heather Salloum, executive director and private secretary to the Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan, discussed her career and royal encounters at the Canadian Club's meeting Thursday night.
Moose Jaw’s Canadian Club welcomed a distinguished guest to the Temple Gardens Mineral Spa for their monthly meeting Thursday evening.
“I want to share with you some information about the vice-regal office and some inside stories from my personal experience,” said Heather Salloum, executive director and private secretary to the Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan, in her speech.
“Each province has a vice-regal office, but there’s only one private secretary,” she said, “there is only one job like this in the province.”
Salloum’s speech, delivered to a modest crowd, focused heavily on her career with the Lieutenant-Governor’s office and her experiences meeting members of the Royal Family.
In her time as executive director, she said, she has met the Princess Royal, Anne, three times; the Queen and her husband, Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; and Prince Charles and Camilla, as well as others.
One moment that stood out, she said, was during the Queen’s visit to the province for the centenary of the legislature.
“In an arena of 10,000 people, I was sitting ten feet away from her — the Queen of Canada,” said Salloum. “She sparkled. She had this dress on and when the light shone on her she just twinkled. And then, we were singing God Save the Queen, so I was singing to her.”
The highlight of the speech was a discussion of what Queen Elizabeth carries in her purse.
“She carries no cash, no chequebook, no credit card... and certainly not a passport,” Salloum said, adding that the Queen doesn't have a passport.
In the bag, she said, the Queen carries an assortment of things, including good luck charms given by her children, family photos, a package of dog treats, and a small metal make-up case her husband made as a wedding case.
The speech was well received by the audience, including Dale McBain, former mayor of Moose Jaw.
“I thought she was really good, and really entertaining,” he said. “She added a lot of life to what some might think is a dull subject — the idea of protocal and royalty — and you see the lively part of it. I thought that was really good.”