The Governor General visits with students in New Westminster

It turns out, Julie Payette the astronaut is a lot more popular than Julie Payette the Governor General to a group of kindergartners.

Payette was in New Westminster Friday touring the city before speaking at Innovation Week’s Women in STEAM Symposium. Her tour included a stop at École Qayqayt Elementary School where Payette met with district staff and school trustees for a short roundtable discussion about the district’s new lunch program.

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Following the discussion, Payette spent some time visiting with students.

Most weren’t too interested in her current role as the country’s Governor General, but they had plenty of questions once they found out she had been to space.

“Have you ever seen any aliens?” one student asked in French.

Payette said she hadn’t and that the only people who travelled with her were the other astronauts – there was no one else around, she assured the students.

Payette wrapped up her visit by signing a photo for the students before she headed over to Anvil Centre for Innovation Week.

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