The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
RBC Convention Centre
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 – 7:00 p.m.
Educators, followers of the path of St. Ignatius, members and friends of the St. Paul’s community, it’s a pleasure to join you in celebrating a great school, its founding values, and the people who show us all what those values mean.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
We’re gathered tonight to express our gratitude to two people who have taken on a very special challenge in their lives.
This being both the football and hockey season – and St. Paul’s being a school with a long and triumphant history in both of those sports – it is easy to associate the word challenge with winners and losers.
But of course, despite all of St. Paul’s success on ice and the gridiron, we all know that this school prepares young people for an entirely different kind of challenge.
It’s the challenge to live a life in accordance with your faith. The challenge to make a commitment to others. The challenge of truly seeing the people around you and never treating them as just a means to an end.
Tonight we will see what that has meant in the lives of this year’s Ignatian Challenge award recipients and the people they have worked with for decades.
We will learn about Sister Bernadette O’Reilly’s and Phil Chiappetta’s work at Rossbrook House. We’ll learn how they have served the young people of this city and been true to Rossbrook House’s mission.
We’ll learn more about the many programs and services, running every day of the year, that serve more than 1,500 young people each year – and offer them company, comfort, recreation and inspiration.
I believe all of us will come away from this evening inspired to take on our own challenges.
I hope tonight’s personal stories motivate all of us to ask how we too can live out our values more fully and be of service to the community and the world around us.
Congratulations Sister Bernadette and Phil Chiappetta on your award and recognition. Thank you and St. Paul’s High School and all of the members of this wider community for bringing these principles of caring and service to life.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.