The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Thursday, June 9, 2022
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Graduates, faculty, members and friends of the University of Winnipeg family – thank you for the opportunity to join you in this celebration of learning.
It is my absolute pleasure to be here today today – in the heart of Winnipeg – on Treaty One land, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, and the homeland of the Metis people. 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.
Searching is what you’ve been doing for the last several years.
You’ve been searching for answers to fundamental questions of life and the universe and the challenges of living and working together. You’ve been searching for keys that will lead to your future.
In many ways, you’ve been searching for yourself.
You’ve expanded your knowledge of the world in countless ways. You’ve examined the tiniest of microbes and the life and death of stars and galaxies. You’ve calculated the impacts of interest rates on employment and trade and learned how to read a balance sheet.
You’ve learned how to carry out research and how to present those findings, often using tools that weren’t even imagined when I was in your shoes.
And along the way, you have discovered the questions that inspire you, made friends who bring out the best in you, found out what gets you up in the morning to embrace the day. Do you want to savour the day or save the day?
You have faced unanticipated challenges during these years that have allowed you to see things through a different lens. You’ve learned to adapt to things nobody saw coming. And you’ve learned to find connection and support in new ways.
In your search for knowledge, you have found yourself – and you should be proud of what you’ve discovered.
But a voyage of self-discovery is incomplete if it’s only directed internally. You don’t know who you are until you see your part in the bigger picture. And the best way to do that is to play a part – to get involved in the world beyond yourself, your family, your career.
We are celebrating your discovery in the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – the 70th anniversary of the beginning of Her Majesty’s reign. One of the key themes of the Platinum Jubilee is the community service and leadership that the Queen has personified – and celebrated in others throughout those seven decades – including during her many tours of Canada.
Committing yourself to that spirit of community and leadership will ensure that you keep expanding your understanding. It will keep the satisfaction and pride you feel today alive through new accomplishments and new sources of inner warmth.
Congratulations on your achievement and may the joy and pride you feel today remain with you through the years and decades ahead.
I wish you much success wherever you path may lead
Thank you. Merci. Meegwetch.