FROM WINNIPEG TO THE WORLD: FIGHTING FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE VICTIMS

With Lianna McDonald of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection

Next Presentation in the Lieutenant Governor’s Conversations & Celebrations Series of Free Public Events Celebrating Manitoba’s Ceremonial Home

Lt.-Gov. Janice C. Filmon invites Manitobans to join her in engaging in Conversations and Celebrations – a monthly gathering of fascinating and entertaining people from across this great province. Lt.-Gov. Filmon developed this initiative to honour the 135th birthday of Government House throughout 2018. Based on the overwhelming success of these monthly free public events, the program will continue throughout 2019. The next event will be Tuesday, May 14, at Government House. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Lianna McDonald, executive director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection (C3P), will provide guests with a look at the journey that has seen the organization grow from a grassroots volunteer organization more than 30 years ago, into a national charity fighting child victimization around the world. Recognized globally for her passionate leadership, McDonald will educate guests as to the many services and resources C3P provides, and talk about the centre’s ongoing work with survivors and Project Arachnid.

The Canadian Centre for Child Protection was founded in April 1985 as Child Find Manitoba following the disappearance and murder of 13-year-old Candace Derksen. Her mother, Wilma, started the organization with nothing more than a handful of volunteers, the determination to help families in their greatest time of need, and a vision to provide essential services her family did not have access to during and following Candace’s disappearance.

Today, the Canadian Centre for Child Protection is a national charity dedicated to the personal safety of all children. Its goal is to reduce the sexual abuse and exploitation of children, assist in the location of missing children, and prevent child victimization through a number of programs, services and resources for Canadian families, educators, child-serving organizations, law enforcement and other parties.

In her role as lieutenant-governor, as well as in her private life, Lt.-Gov. Filmon embraces the role of community connector. Her vision for Conversations and Celebrations is to continue to find meaningful ways to bring Manitobans together to learn, and celebrate unique talents, abilities and perspectives by embracing the rich diversity of this province and its people.

“It has been an absolute joy to welcome so many Manitobans into their ceremonial home, many for the first time.” said Lt.-Gov. Filmon. “People are leaving Government House at the end of the evening with their hearts and minds full, eyes wide open to the great things happening in our province and inspired to make a difference.”

Events will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month. Those wishing to attend must register in advance with the Office of the Lieutenant Governor by calling 204-945-2753. Registration is now open and is limited to 90 guests. There is no cost to attend.

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Media inquiries only: Kate Gameiro – 204-945-2752 or Kate.Gameiro@leg.gov.mb.ca