The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Monday, August 19, 2019 – 8:30 a.m.
Leaders, visionaries and servants of democracy – it is a pleasure to welcome you to Manitoba for this 71st annual Institute of Public Administration Conference.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
I acknowledge that the Anishinaabe and Metis people lived here long before this place became known as Winnipeg or Manitoba. And this city and province remain home to a large and vibrant Indigenous community.
It has been my pleasure as Lieutenant Governor to present an annual award for excellence in public administration.
Each year, when I have looked at the biography of the award recipient, I have been struck by the recipient’s achievements, dedication and innovation.
These are remarkably talented, hard-working men and women who have dedicated their careers to ensuring that Manitoba’s public institutions – in health, education, other public institutions or various levels of government – serve the people of this province.
Each year I hear that it was a challenge to select a single recipient from the many outstanding eligible individuals.
So it is a pleasure to meet you this morning, and encounter dedicated professionals serving the public across Canada at all levels of government and all kinds of public institutions.
This week you will be delving into issues of social, technological, political and economic transformation.
You will discuss complex changes that we are working through right now and no doubt look over the horizon at changes that may be on the way.
We may think of responding to change as a particularly contemporary challenge. Certainly it’s true that technology has increased the rate of change in our lives.
But transformation has always been an essential part of life. As the Greek philosopher Heraclitus said some 2,500 years ago, “You can never step in the same river twice, for it is not the same river and you are not the same person.”
Though our surroundings change and though we continually change as individuals, there IS a constant that can serve us and the people we care about well.
That constant is the set of values – integrity, openness, curiosity, personal discipline, empathy – that are at the heart of Canada’s public institutions.
Personally, I would like to thank each of you for the values you put into action, across Canada, to help make our country safer, healthier, wiser, more equitable and more prosperous.
I wish you a productive, invigorating and inspiring time both in your conference sessions and in your explorations of Manitoba.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.