Remarks by

The Honourable Gary A Filmon, P.C., O.C., O.M.

on behalf of the Honourable Janice C. Filmon, C.M., O.M., Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

 Thursday, October 21, 2021


Friends, Manitobans, advocates for rights and opportunities, builders of community and inclusivity – it’s my pleasure to welcome you today to Government House – located in the heart of Winnipeg on Treaty One land, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, and the homeland of the Metis people.

Here at Government House, as throughout Manitoba, we strive for respectful partnerships with all the peoples of this province, as we search for collective healing and true reconciliation and honour this beautiful land together.

This annual award for excellence in public administration recognizes men and women whose outstanding leadership, and contributions to public organizations make all of our collective work for justice, prosperity, health and understanding possible.

With this award, the Institute for Public Administration of Canada honours excellence and dedication by the hard-working professionals who ensure that our vital public services meet the needs of a growing and ever-changing province of well over 1.3 million people.

I am honoured to be here on behalf of Her Honour, and join you in celebrating the 2021 recipient of this award: Daniel Boucher.

We are so blessed in this province to have individuals of such commitment and ability dedicating their careers to the various levels of government, to health, to education and to public bodies like the Société de la francophonie manitobaine.

Les faits saillants de la carrière de Daniel Boucher – son soutien à la santé, à l’éducation, aux services publics et à l’immigration au sein de la communauté francophone du Manitoba – font ressortir toute la largesse d’esprit de nos leaders. Les leaders comme Daniel Boucher ont le don d’écouter, d’apprendre et de trouver toutes sortes de moyens de faire une différence.

The milestones in Daniel Boucher’s career – supporting health, education, public services and immigration in Manitoba’s Francophone community – demonstrate that leaders are not limited in their thinking. Rather, leaders like Daniel Boucher have the gift of listening and learning and seeking out many ways to make a difference.

I am told that one of Daniel’s favourite phrases is “il faut donner la chance au coureur” – translated as “we have to give people a chance.”

That can mean a lot of things. It can mean giving people the chance to be heard. It can mean creating opportunities in education or employment. It can mean inspiring them to reach for their dreams.

Through his professionalism, creativity, and building of understanding and alliances, Daniel has helped Manitoba’s Francophone community in all of those ways.

Daniel, c’est tout le Manitoba qui a bénéficié de votre travail au service du public. Félicitations et merci pour le travail accompli et pour avoir donné l’exemple.

Daniel, all of Manitoba is better for your public service. Congratulations and thank you for your work and for leading by example.

Thank you also to the Manitoba Branch of the Institute of Public Administration of Canada for continuing to develop and encourage leadership in the public sector.

Thank you     Merci     Meegwich