The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Thursday, February 16, 2017 – 5:00 p.m.
Fellow Manitobans, mentors and supporters of young people, friends of Urban Stable, it’s a pleasure to welcome you tonight to celebrate 15 years of introducing children to the beauty, grace and healing power of horses.
We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.
Together, we share this land and work to make it a place where all can reach their potential and enjoy the opportunities of living in a free and equitable country.
And because of that, programs like Urban Stable help this province and this country fulfill their own potential.
For each generation, there is no responsibility more sacred than that of helping the next one learn and grow in good physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
It’s a responsibility that requires countless women and men devoting their professional lives, their family time and their volunteer energies.
And because each child is unique, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach that will work for them all.
That is why specialized organizations like Urban Stable are so valuable.
The beauty of horses, their innate intelligence, their calming presence – for the children Urban Stable works with, these might be the keys to unlock personal, social and educational growth.
As children learn to groom and ride horses, they acquire skills and confidence that will take their far beyond the stable.
When they sit tall in the saddle, they will experience joy that lifts them up long after their feet are back on the ground.
And as they form a connection with a horse, they will feel in their heart that we share this land not just with other human beings, but with every creature that walks, runs, swims and flies.
For all of those reasons and more, I would like to thank all of those who make Urban Stable possible, through your time and expertise and your support or sponsorship.
You help young Manitobans learn and grow and see the truth in the words of the western painter Charles Russell:
“You can see what man made from the seat of an automobile, but the best way to see what God made is from the back of a horse.”
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.
Frontier Fiddlers, February 16, 2017 at Government House.