The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Friday, September 15, 2017 – 4:00 p.m.
Friends, Manitobans, fellow alumni of a great university and field of study – 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.
And we are gathered in a year that is rich in meaning for all Canadians – especially for you.
As a fellow graduate of what was then the Faculty of Home Economics, I’m honoured that you’d like to share this special gathering with me.
I still remember the sense of anticipation and excitement that came over me when I completed my studies. There was a whole world of experiences and challenges waiting to be discovered.
The previous years had introduced me to the science and art of human, physical and emotional development, to economics, to the science and technology of textiles and food and the complex dynamics of family and community.
I was itching to get out there and use what I’d learned and then learn some more in a laboratory without boundaries.
Your excitement at that same stage in your lives must have been even greater — magnified as it was by Canada’s Centennial.
It must have felt as if you and your country were walking across that convocation stage together.
Canada has grown a lot since Bobby Gimby sang “Now we are twenty million” in his famous centennial celebration song.
We have grown in numbers, but also in experience and in understanding.
Each of you has played a part in that – in your professional lives, your home lives, your volunteer commitment and all of your community interactions.
This year, as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we are taking stock of the contributions of all Canadians toward building a better and better Canada.
As you celebrate your personal milestone this week, I congratulate you and thank you for contributions you have made and continue to make to our country. Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.