The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Thursday, November 15, 2018, – 6:00 p.m.
Helpers, adventurers, friends of a great youth program – welcome to Government House and this celebration of youth and leadership.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
Tonight we’ve come together to celebrate a group of young people and the leaders who have helped them on their journeys of discovery.
And by “journeys of discovery” I don’t just mean the adventurous journeys tonight’s award recipients went on while earning their Silver awards.
I’m talking about the entire experience: community service, skill development, physical recreation, and those adventures on trails, lakes and rivers.
In all aspects of your experience in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards program, you have had the chance to learn about your world, your interests and your values. You’ve learned how to make the most of your strengths and overcome your weaknesses.
Over the last year or two, through this award program, you may have been to some new places.
Perhaps in your service component you went to work at a community agency that you never would have visited otherwise. Maybe in the physical recreation component you went to sports or fitness centre that was new to you.
And I’m sure on your adventures many of you gazed at wonderful wilderness views that were unlike anything you’d seen before.
Experiences like those lead to personal growth and greater wisdom. They help you to see yourself as a part of an interconnected community and planet. They help you to appreciate the joy of a challenge, the lessons of temporary setbacks, and the thrill of success.
They stay with you long afterward, so that you can see your world in new ways.
As the novelist Marcel Proust put it, “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
Congratulations on the new views you have attained through your experiences and thank you to all those leaders and supporters who make this voyage of discovery possible for Manitoba’s youth.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.