The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 – 6:00 p.m.
Adventurers, explorers, leaders and learners, friends of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards – welcome to Government House and this celebration of achievement.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
We are meeting this evening as Canada’s 150th anniversary year is winding to a close.
Across Canada, we have been holding conversations all year about what we have learned and what we have built in this country over the last century and half.
We have been thinking about what it will take in the years ahead to keep building a country that stands as an inspiration to the world – a place of opportunity, freedom, justice and dignity for all.
When I meet young people who are dedicated to learning, leadership and community service – young people like the participants in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program – I am encouraged to see that Canada’s future is in good hands.
One of the wonderful things about the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards is that they inspire young people in communities all across this province and this country. This group of award recipients is no exception to that.
You’ve gathered here from northern and western Manitoba and communities all around the Winnipeg area. Many of you worked on your award with peers from school. Others did so in youth groups or independently.
But you share one very important distinction.
Each of you, to achieve today’s recognition, has challenged yourself to learn a new skill, to enhance your physical health and fitness, to undertake adventurous journey and to give back to your community through public service.
Each of you has challenged yourself to grow in mind, body and spirit.
The experiences you have had through this program – the people you’ve met, the ideas you’ve encountered, the challenges you’ve overcome – will stay with you for the rest of your lives.
I hope these experiences inspire you to continue seeking new ways of serving your community and your country.
I congratulate each of you on your achievement and wish you many more exciting adventures in the years to come.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.