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Former provincial cabinet minister Valerie Docherty has been named the first female honorary lieutenant-colonel of the P.E.I. Regiment.
Docherty becomes the 10th person to hold the post since the regiment was formed at the end of the Second World War.
The eldest son of Valerie and her husband Alex was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces for 13 years.
As an honorary member of the regiment, Docherty is a guardian of the regimental traditions and history and will serve as an ambassador.
She will attend significant military and public events and be responsible for fostering spirit and developing strong community support for the unit.
Honorary appointments, which generally run three years, are approved by the minister of National Defence after receiving recommendations through the chain of command.