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

Government House
Thursday, October 12, 2017 – 11:30 a.m.

Leaders, volunteers, servants of the public good – welcome to Government House and this celebration of innovation and dedication.

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

This building where we’re meeting today has been a landmark of our province for more than 130 years – for longer than the Golden Boy has been standing on his lonely perch in the sky.

Government House has welcomed kings and queens, prime ministers and foreign heads of state. It has been the location for countless awards ceremonies and receptions to honour great accomplishments and public service by people in this community.

So there’s no better place for volunteers in the Service Quality Partners initiative to gather for some well-deserved thanks.

Many of you work within a short walk, or a short drive, of this building. But all of you have an impact that reaches far beyond that – from the shores of Hudson’s Bay to the American border.

Your dedication to your calling, your determination to find better ways of serving the people of Manitoba, your devotion to quality and integrity touch the lives of Manitobans in countless ways.

This year, when the Service Quality Partners initiative is celebrating 20 years in operation, we are celebrating the volunteers who have helped this program grow and reach some 1,600 Manitoba government workers.

You’re here because of your commitment to this province and its people. And you are also here because you are the people who said “Yes” to an opportunity and a challenge.

So much depends on people saying that one little word. Social, economic and technological progress happens because people accept the challenge of making things better. And for those people who take on the challenge, saying yes can be the beginning of new friendships, new experiences and personal growth of all kinds.

I congratulate you and I thank you for stepping up and volunteering for Service Quality Partners. I hope the experience opens up personal and professional opportunities and gives you a greater appreciation of the valuable service you provide to your province and your fellow Manitobans.

Thank you and enjoy this lunch in the company of fellow dedicated, creative and caring Manitobans.

Merci. Meegwich.