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

Deer Lodge Learning Centre
Saturday, March 11, 2017 – 10:30 a.m.

Friends, Manitobans, advocates for health and quality of life, it’s a pleasure to join you in calling attention to a condition that affects thousands of Manitobans.

We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.

In this land, we have built a community marked by caring and sharing and co-operation.

And we continue to make this a more supportive community through the creation of organizations like the Lymphedema Association of Manitoba.

Health organizations like yours play a vital role in raising awareness of illnesses and their symptoms and treatment, so that people need not suffer in silence. This is particularly valuable in the case of an illness like lymphedema, which is relatively little known in the community at large.

As your work in education and advocacy grows, there will likely be many more people in Manitoba who will ask their doctors about lymphedema and be able to take steps to manage the condition.

By giving a voice to individuals with lymphedema and organizing symposiums like this, you also help the health care system learn more effectively about the experiences of patients.

The work of community organizations like the Lymphedema Association helps ensure that the opportunities and pleasures of life in Manitoba and in Canada are more fully available to all.

The volunteers and health professionals who make this annual symposium possible will improve the lives of countless individuals who will benefit from knowledge and support in the future.

In this, the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, you are giving your country the greatest birthday gift of all – your commitment to make it an even better place.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.