A & O SUPPORT SERVICES 65th ANNIVERSARY AND AGM

Remarks by

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

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Qualico Family Centre, Assiniboine Park

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

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Supporters, staff and knowledge keepers of a great Manitoba community resource – it’s a  great day for a milestone anniversary in serving older members of our community.

It’s a pleasure to welcome you here to beautiful Assiniboine Park, located here 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.

Respecting the wisdom and experience of elders is an important value shared by members of the many cultures that share this province.

To help older Manitobans to maintain health, independence and the joy of living as they age is therefore a goal that can unite us all.

As honorary patron of A & O Support Services for Older Adults, I want to congratulate everyone involved with this organization on 65 years of working toward that goal.

It’s worth noting that we’re celebrating this milestone during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the 70th anniversary of the beginning of Her Majesty’s reign.

One of the central themes of the Platinum Jubilee is recognizing the leadership and volunteer spirit to which Her Majesty has given so much attention – especially on her many trips to Canada.

Since the late 1950s, this organization has been listening, learning and creating innovative programs to help older Manitobans meet their needs for safety and security, social engagement and housing, food security, mental health and other fundamental needs.

Legally, an annual general meeting provides an opportunity for transparency in the running of a not-for-profit organization. Reports at an AGM provide the data – numbers of clients served, dollars spent – to gain a long-distance view of operations.

As important as that is, I find my inspiration in things that are hard to capture in a report – in the countless special moments of care and compassion, in time spent listening to and laughing with clients, in fears eased, in loneliness assuaged.

The magic is in the moments. And it’s in the people who make those moments possible.

Congratulations on this milestone anniversary and may A and O have many more years of such uncountable, intangible and truly priceless moments.

Thank you, Merci, Meegwich.