The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Thursday, September 14, 2017 – 8:30 a.m.
People of compassion, allies of the suffering, friends of Palliative Manitoba, it is an honour to join you today as you work to bring care to all.
We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.
We are gathered during a year in which Canadians have been reflecting on the lessons learned in the 150 years since Confederation.
We have been asking ourselves how we have grown as a country, how we have worked to dismantle barriers and make a more inclusive society over the last century and a half.
We have been thinking of those people who have made this a better place for everybody.
As professionals or lay people involved in palliative care, you are among those people. Your work, to address end-of-life issues with compassion, honesty and dignity, is an illustration of what citizenship is all about.
You work to serve others, to enhance their lives, to lift what burdens you can from the dying and from their loved ones.
You are dedicated to the proposition that we are all part of the family of this great country to our last breath.
And just as our country is marking one big milestone this year, so Palliative Manitoba is celebrating its 30th anniversary.
For 30 years, this organization has led the way in helping people learn, share and express their compassion and love.
I wish you a productive two days of learning at this conference and I wish you health and happiness as you take what you have learned and share it with those in need.
Thank you for your dedication to others and thank you for making our province and our country better for everyone.