The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Thursday, September 14, 2017 – 5:00 p.m.
Friends of mental health, advocates for inclusion and opportunity, members and supporters of the Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba, welcome to Government House and this milestone celebration.
We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.
The building where we’re meeting has been the residence of Manitoba’s Lieutenant Governors since 1883 – it has stood here and been a silent witness to more than 135 years of the growth of this city, this province and this country.
In that time, of course, Canada has experience a great deal of material growth and scientific and technological progress.
But this year, when we are commemorating the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we are particularly drawn to social progress.
And a great deal of that social progress took place right here, in Manitoba.
Here, women were the first to win the right to vote. Here, the first waves of immigration from Eastern Europe and from Iceland began to introduce Canada to the benefits of diversity. In many ways, the story of Canada and of Manitoba is one of dismantling barriers to the full participation in society.
The Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba has for thirty years been working in its own way to enhance inclusiveness and opportunity for all.
Community organizations like yours, which work to help others enjoy the benefits of living in this wonderful country, play a very important role in helping Canada live up to its potential.
Your cognitive behaviour programs, your resources and your referral and information services help countless Manitobans learn, work, and enjoy community and family life.
By helping Manitobans with anxiety disorders participate more successfully in society, you help us all. By helping your clients participate more fully in society, you enrich our culture and economy and you teach us all to understand the value of each precious individual.
Congratulations on thirty great years. And may you continue to serve Manitoba and Canada for the next thirty years.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.