Lt.-Gov. Janice Filmon will present the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Advancement of Interreligious Understanding to Devon Clunis at a ceremony at Government House at tomorrow at 5 p.m.

Throughout his life, Clunis has believed the most effective way to make sustainable, positive social change is through multidisciplinary collaborative approaches that include the faith-based community and other relevant stakeholders. He joined the Winnipeg Police Service in 1987, answered the call to become chaplain in 1998 and ultimately rose to the position of chief of police in 2012. In both his public and personal roles, he tirelessly promoted and promotes his conviction that: interfaith dialogue is not a luxury for the few but a requirement of the many; that effective community engagement requires everyone to understand all cultures; and that inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue can make a significant contribution to mutual understanding, tolerance and respect.

“As a man of unyielding faith, Devon Clunis leads with compassion and integrity, and has the gift of being able to unite our community across cultures and beliefs. His love of all people and non-judgmental approach as a police officer, chaplain, and later chief of the Winnipeg Police Service continues to effect change throughout our community, inspiring us to continue to work in furthering Manitoba as a home for all people,” Lt.-Gov. Filmon said.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for the Advancement of Interreligious Understanding is presented each year at a ceremony at Government House to an individual who best embodies understanding between all religious groups.


Past recipients include:

  • Karen Toole, former provincial spiritual care co-ordinator, radio host and newspaper columnist;
  • Rabbi Doctor Neal and Carol Rose, professor of religion at the University of Manitoba for more than 30 years and Carol is a writer, poet and spiritual teacher;

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  • the Honourable Lloyd Axworthy, former minister of foreign affairs and president of the University of Winnipeg and life-long active lay member of the United Church of Canada;
  • the late Dr. Redwan Moqbel, former head of immunology, faculty of medicine at the University of Manitoba and a member of the Bahai Faith;
  • Atish Chandra Maniar, a Hindu priest;
  • Mae Louise Campbell, an Ojibway Métis elder; and
  • Zane Zalis, a composer and musician.


“This ceremony has become a much-anticipated event for Manitobans who believe deeply in human dignity, the search for meaning and the common ground we all share. Our province’s faith communities come together with this award to celebrate efforts to broaden our circle of friendship and reach to a greater understanding of one another,” said the lieutenant-governor. “It is an honour to host this annual event at Government House and celebrate those who continually work toward peace and harmony in our world.”

For further information on this award and others given to worthy individuals by the lieutenant-governor of Manitoba, visit the lieutenant-governor’s website at www.manitobalg/

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Contact: Kate Gameiro, 204-945-2752.