Video Remarks by

The Honourable Janice C. Filmon, C.M., O.M.

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

 Wednesday, November 18, 2020


Tonight we gather in celebration of some outstanding Manitobans -– from the safety of our own homes.

It is my pleasure to join you virtually from the traditional land of the Anishinaabe and Metis people – in a province enriched by a large and vibrant indigenous community.

This year we have all been reminded about just what it means to live as part of a community.

We have learned to adjust our daily lives in order to protect and care for ourselves and those around us.

We have felt immense gratitude for the contributions of other people – to whom we are connected in ways we never could have imagined. We have seen that kindness goes well beyond a smile, or “have a nice day.”

The 37th Annual Volunteer Manitoba Awards are a celebration of outstanding Manitobans who practise the service ethic in the most direct and practical way. They volunteer.

Volunteers are the gold of this earth. You give us your time and energy, the very thing life is made of, and you don’t get it back.

Thank you is often all you get, so we say it here, sincerely, for all we know you have done, and all you have done that no one knows about.

I have spent a great deal of my life in various roles within the voluntary sector, and continue to be inspired by everyday people who choose to shine a light in someone else’s life.

Volunteering reflects our values – what we care about, our vision for our community, our sense of responsibility toward our planet, and all those we share it with.

I am exhilarated by the enthusiasm and compassion of volunteers. I am captivated by their ideas, their insights, their experiences.

The volunteers being honoured this year have been selflessly giving of themselves in communities throughout our province for many years and decades.

Their leadership has improved the health, happiness, prosperity and quality of life of our province, nation and world. They have rolled up their sleeves and done any number of essential tasks.  They’ve motivated and mentored countless others to follow in their footsteps.

Volunteerism is absolutely crucial to the success of many organizations, and quite simply, they would cease to exist without the commitment of their volunteers.

We have a deep and strong volunteer culture in Manitoba. Tonight’s recipients make us all proud.

Congratulations to you all.  May your heart be filled by the gratitude of your fellow Manitobans.

Thank you.     Merci.   Meegwich.