The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Club Regent Casino Hotel
Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.
Chroniclers, communicators, community connectors – members and friends of the Manitoba Community Newspapers Association – it’s a pleasure to join you for this 100th annual celebration of excellence in Manitoba community newspapers.
As Manitobans, we are proud of the strong spirit of community we have built here in our province.
We’re a province of close-knit communities, a province where neighbours gather to discuss and debate what’s new, a province where people pitch in to make good things happen.
For more than a century and a half, Manitoba’s newspapers have connected the people of this province.
They have alerted readers to dangers. They have helped them anticipate and understand change. They have celebrated achievements in every field of endeavour.
Manitoba’s newspapers have chronicled the passing of years and generations.
And for a century, the Manitoba Community Newspapers Association and its predecessor organizations have celebrated the achievements of reporters, photographers, columnists, editors and all the other dedicated professionals who work at community newspapers.
Since before Manitoba’s founding, newspapers have been essential to our understanding of our lives here in the land of Treaties One through Five and in the homeland of the Metis people.
Next year, when we commemorate 150 years since the entry of the province of Manitoba into Confederation, we will think of the many milestones and achievements in our province’s history.
Newspapers have been there through wars and economic upheavals, floods and blizzards, the building of railways and highways, the founding and growth of businesses and public institutions.
They have helped us to understand our world and our neighbourhood and ourselves.
To all of tonight’s award nominees and to all of those who make Manitoba’s community newspapers possible – thank you for all you do to inform and connect the people of this province.
Here’s to many more years of beating deadlines and writing headlines.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.