HOUSE OF PEACE WELCOME HOME DINNER

Remarks by
The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

RBC Convention Centre
Monday, November 12, 2018 – 6:30 p.m.

Builders and sustainers of hope, Board Members volunteers and friends of House of Peace, welcome to this celebration of a wonderful organization and its people.

We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.

We’re gathering tonight in a beautifully expanded and upgraded convention centre that is one of the visible signs of the renewed vitality of downtown Winnipeg.

And of course we’re only a few short blocks from the newest highly visible sign of that vitality – True North Square.

As a lifelong Manitoban, I have been inspired by every milestone in restoring the centre of this city to its rightful status – as a place for all to live, work and play.

Tonight’s dinner is a reminder that not everything that has a big impact involves a big, prominent building.

Tonight we are reminded that if we want the heart of a city or a nation to thrive, we need to start from the heart.

All the other good things we hope to see in our community begin with caring and commitment.

House of Peace has shown us that for 14 years. For the women who live there, House of Peace is both a haven and a gateway to a new life.

For those who participate in programs in the House of Peace public space, it can be a lifeline.

In supporting downtown residents and newcomers to Canada, House of Peace helps bring new life to our city and our province.

This all starts with the commitment and leadership of Sister Lesley Sacouman and the Holy Names Sisters, and of all the staff and volunteers at House of Peace.

Their commitment to caring, inclusion and compassion is an inspiration for all who wish to build a better community in this neighbourhood and across our province.

We thank you. Merci. Meegwich.