The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
A.R. McDiarmid Civic Complex
September 27, 2017 – 3:30 p.m.
Fellow Manitobans, builders and sustainers of a great community, it’s a pleasure to join you to celebrate this addition to the public spaces of Brandon.
We are gathered here on Treaty Two territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe Cree, Oji-Cree and Dakota peoples, and the homeland of the Métis.
This park where we’re gathering today is a special kind of place. It will come to be many things to many people.
Young people at the youth centre will gather here to shoot baskets. City employees in the adjacent offices will enjoy lunch breaks here. And it will become a meeting place or a place of celebration on special occasions for many years to come.
When we imagine a city, we tend to picture a concentration of buildings. Homes, workplaces, schools, stores, restaurants and more.
But what makes a city more than a just a collection of buildings is the mixing and mingling of people. Because, ultimately, a city, or a town, is not defined by bricks and lumber but by the people who live in it.
That makes A.R. McDiarmid Park a very fitting addition to the city of Brandon during this 150th anniversary of Confederation.
All this year, we have been thinking of the people who have made Canada the country we love. And Canadians have been mixing and mingling and sharing their ideas and dreams for our next 150 years.
Bringing the people of Brandon together in this innovative space is a way of contributing to all of that positive energy.
I would like to thank all of those who have been part of the development of this park and wish you all well as you enjoy the seasons here under the big western Manitoba sky.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.