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

Club Regent Event Centre
Thursday, April 11, 2019 – 6:00 p.m.

Leaders, helpers, givers – volunteers of Manitoba – it’s a pleasure to join you again for this celebration of community spirit.

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

We’ve come together for this celebration of volunteer service at a time of year when many Manitobans have been anxiously watching water levels – and others are putting on rubber boots and joining in the efforts to protect the homes and property of neighbours.

It’s the perfect illustration of the volunteer spirit. Manitobans know that there are big jobs that can best be accomplished when we come together and pitch in as a community.

ere in Manitoba we have developed a volunteer culture based on the belief deep in our hearts that offering our time and energy to others is both a moral obligation and a pleasure.

Volunteer you believe that if you want to live in a healthy society you have to take responsibility. And you also know that some of life’s most satisfying experiences occur while serving others.

In every community, in every corner of our province, there are dedicated volunteers who make things happen. They organize special events and festivals. They coach sports or keep community centres running. They enhance the education and health systems. They reach out to people in need.

So I am particularly pleased to be able to present the Lieutenant Governor’s Make a Difference Community Awards. Tonight, with this award we will recognize dedicated volunteers from large and small communities across Manitoba.

To all the individuals being recognized tonight, for all those nominated and to all of those who give their time and talents – I thank you for making Manitoba the province we all love.

May your commitment to others continue to brighten your lives and enhance your world.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.