The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Wednesday, November 29, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
Fellow Canadians, members and friends of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police – it is a pleasure to join you today in recognizing a special group of Canadians.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
We’ve come together today during a very special anniversary year when we have been commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Just a few weeks ago, many of you will have attended Remembrance Day ceremonies, where you vowed to remember the service and sacrifice of those who have fallen protecting Canada and Canadian values.
Among those were members of the Royal North West Mounted Police squadron who participated in the First World War and members of the RCMP Provost Corps who participated in the Second World War. And of course there were many more who joined Canada’s Armed Forces after ending their service and were then among the fallen on the battlefield.
This year of remembering is an ideal time to remind ourselves of all of those who have served to protect Canada and Canadians – at home as well as abroad.
So this year’s RCMP Awards have an added resonance. Today, we are recognizing individuals who are carrying on a tradition of service to Canada and its laws dating back to 1873.
The individuals being recognized today have served in a wide range of capacities and in communities across Manitoba and across Canada.
For 20, 25, 30 and even 35 years, these men and women have taken on the unique challenges of policing, knowing that lives can depend on the actions they take at any time.
They have worked with professionalism and diligence day after day, year after year, throughout their careers.
Today we recognize and applaud the special character it takes to dedicate a career to the safety and rights of one’s fellow Canadians.
These honorees take their place in a long line of brave and patriotic Canadians extending back to the famous March West of 1874.
Congratulations to all of today’s award recipients and thank you for your dedication to your community, your country and your fellow human beings.