The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Multipurpose Room, UMSU Centre, U of M
Sunday, September 17, 2017 – 11:00 a.m.
Fellow alumni, members of the University of Manitoba family, lovers of learning, it’s a pleasure to join you today in celebrating our ties to this great university.
We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.
We’ve come together at the central meeting point on our campus in the heart of Canada to renew friendships and to reflect on experiences and insights that we have carried within us for our entire adult lives.
I am sure you all have your special memories of your time here as students.
There may have been some moments in the classroom when a light turned on in your head and you realized that you could conjugate verbs in the subjunctive or balance an organic chem equation. And maybe that inspired you to feel “this is what I should be doing with my life.”
You may have had moments after class when you found yourself in a lively discussion of politics or music or philosophies of life and you looked around and realized “these are my people.”
This year, we celebrate 140 years of those life-changing discoveries at the University of Manitoba.
In a year when we are commemorating the 150th anniversary of Confederation, celebrating the University of Manitoba is one of the ways we celebrate our country.
We celebrate the advancements in knowledge – the research breakthroughs in laboratories, libraries and in the field.
We celebrate the personal transformations. We celebrate the contributions to our health, our culture, our sense of justice and our prosperity made by this university and its graduates.
All of this because 140 years ago, three small colleges in a brand-new boomtown beyond the reach of the railway came together to build something for a future that none of them could imagine.
As a proud graduate of the University of Manitoba and as Lieutenant Governor, I join you all in saluting the Brown and Gold. May this place continue to make memories and change lives for the better.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.