The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 – 5:00 p.m.
Friends, Manitobans, supporters of the St. John Ambulance, welcome to Government House and this celebration of service to community and to life.
We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.
Tonight we are celebrating an organization with deep roots in Canada and recognizing the commitment of a group of Manitobans to the lives of others.
Tonight we will applaud quick thinking and courage on the part of individuals being presented with Life Saving Awards and Commendations.
We will recognize individuals who have gone out of their way to assist the St. John Ambulance in its mission of providing first aid, training and therapy dog services.
Of course, we will induct individuals into the Order of St. John and promote existing members of the Order in recognition of special, long-time service to this great organization.
Given the deep roots of the St. John Ambulance in Canada and its hands-on involvement in every province and territory, this celebration of service is especially fitting for this year.
While we have been commemorating the 150th anniversary of Confederation, and the milestones in building a caring, just and healthy society for all, the St. John Ambulance has been joining this year in that same spirt.
The St. John Ambulance’s 150 Heroes social media campaign has helped to shine a light on compassionate, selfless and courageous Canadians across our country.
Caring for others can be demonstrated in an urgent act of life-saving or by dedication to building the knowledge and infrastructure of first aid and public service.
All of the individuals being recognized tonight demonstrate the qualities of citizenship and leadership our country needs to advance into its next 150 years as an example to the world.
As Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba – and as vice-prior of the St. John Ambulance in Manitoba – I thank you for all you have done to help your fellow human beings and your country.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.