The Honourable Philip S. Lee, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
PEACE OFFICERS EXEMPLARY SERVICE MEDAL - SHERIFF SERVICES
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 – 5:00 p.m.
Bonsoir Mesdames et messieurs, Agents de la paix, protecteurs et protectrices des citoyens de la communauté, serviteurs de la justice, membres du Sheriff Services, c'est avec plaisir que je vous souhaite tous la bienvenue au Canadian Honours System de reconnaissance du service exemplaire.
Peace officers, protectors of the public, servants of justice, members of the Sheriff Services – it’s a pleasure to welcome you to the Canadian Honours System of recognition for exemplary service.
As Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, one of my favourite duties is to preside over ceremonies like this as part of the Canadian Honours System.
Exemplary Service Medals in public service professions recognize the dedication that men and women show in their service to the safety and freedom of their fellow citizens. It is fitting that members of Sheriff Services should also be part of this system, as you too take upon yourselves the responsibility to protect Canadians and their vital institutions.
When you provide security in our courts, or securely transport prisoners, or carry out other orders and writs of the court, you are protecting the most essential feature of our country: the rule of law.
All of those fundamental characteristics of the rule of law – openness, impartiality – require first of all that our court system is able to function safely and effectively.
To earn the medal or the medal plus bar that you are receiving today you have carried out that responsibility with diligence and honour for at least 20 years – and I know that some of you have also earned your bar for 30 years of service. Your work has brought you face to face with some extremely difficult individuals as well as people going through tragic experiences. You have responded with professionalism, integrity, courage and sensitivity.
In doing so, you have protected the lives, property, freedom and prosperity of Manitobans, north and south, in cities and towns and rural areas.
I know that some of you are now retired from the Sheriff Service and others are approaching that great transformation. And I am sure that the dedication you have brought to your daily work will remain with you in all of your other interactions, as a volunteer, as a neighbour, a friend and family member.
You have seen the great satisfaction that comes from doing a job well and perhaps you've been motivated by the sense that we all owe it to the world to do whatever we do well and diligently.
As Muhammed Ali once said, "service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth."
As Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, I thank you for a job well done and wish you well in your continuing service to the rule of law or in your well-earned retirement.