WINNIPEG POLICE SERVICE GRADUATION CEREMONY

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

RBC Convention Centre
Friday, November 17, 2017 – 1:00 p.m.

Fellow Manitobans, family and friends of the Winnipeg Police Service, members of Recruit Class 160, it’s an honour to join you today for this great personal milestone and for this celebration of leadership and citizenship.

We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.

Today we welcome the newest members of the Winnipeg Police Service to their new careers in public service. Today we celebrate the values and personal attributes that led them to make the choice to join the Winnipeg Police Service.

Life is about the choices we make. The individuals graduating today have committed themselves to a safe and just City of Winnipeg. They have made a personal commitment to, not just for their families, friends and neighbours, but to complete strangers, to people not yet born.

That willingness to take personal responsibility is one of the essential ingredients in citizenship.

Citizenship means being truly involved in one’s community, having a personal stake in it, working to make it work and make it work better.

These new graduates will express their citizenship night and day, in uniform or plainclothes, using the skills and education and courage that have brought them this far.

Those of us who will never take on the responsibilities of police work acknowledge the great commitment of these graduates by re-affirming our own commitment to citizenship in our own way.

In this year when we have been commemorating the 150th anniversary of Confederation, we have had many opportunities to think about our relationship with our country. We have thought of Canada’s growth and progress and we have thought about what can still be done to make this country a place of freedom, opportunity, dignity and hope for all.

These new graduates, through their dedication to the Winnipeg Police Service and its values, have an opportunity to contribute to that future Canada we believe in. As the recruit class with the highest academic average in the academy’s history, these graduates have shown that they take that opportunity very seriously.

Let us honour them and their choice by finding our own ways to make Canada the place we believe it can be.

Congratulations Recruit Class 160. May you serve your fellow citizens in health and happiness.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.