The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre
Thursday, April 19, 2018 – 6:00 p.m.
Mentors, coaches, selection committee members, builders, dreamers, leaders – volunteers and friends of Volunteer Manitoba – it’s a pleasure to join you tonight for this 35th annual awards dinner.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
We have come together tonight to recognize the remarkable contributions made by Manitobans from across our province who give their time to make our province and our communities better.
Each of the women and men we recognize tonight has a unique personal story of volunteering.
Among them will be individuals who caught the volunteer bug as children or teenagers, organizing school events or working on community service projects as Scouts or Guides.
Others will have become heavily involved in volunteer activity when they became parents and found that their children’s school or sports organization needed help.
Others may have become taken on new volunteer responsibilities as a retirement project.
Among tonight’s honorees will be volunteers who have given their time to support education and health, social services and seniors, recreation and culture, the environment, housing, public safety and virtually every need you can imagine in a province of a million and a quarter.
Every volunteer has a unique story. But every one of those stories has one important thing in common.
All these stories began when somebody said “yes” to challenge and or opportunity. Tonight’s award recipients may have been asked directly to get involved or they may have assessed a need and stepped forward on their own.
But every one of them was presented with a need and made the decision to fulfill it. Their example offers that same challenge to all of us. We can take inspiration from these great community volunteers in our midst and respond as they have.
To all of tonight’s award recipients I offer congratulations and gratitude, both for what you have done and for the inspiration you have provided to others.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.