Video Remarks by

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

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Good afternoon volunteers, and friends.

As Lieutenant Governor of this wonderful province and Honorary Patron, I thank you for inviting me into your homes for this celebration of community and compassion.

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


Manitoba is blessed with a deep and strong volunteer culture.  Thousands of community organizations exist to serve others – to enhance the health, security, comfort and quality of life of people in our province.

And they, in turn, are blessed to draw on a rich and self-sustaining resource – the energy, skill and community spirit of our province’s volunteers.

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

For more than 60 years, A & O Support Services has been helping older adults throughout Manitoba to live in safety and security, to engage with others, and to meet their emotional needs in times of loss and loneliness.  And for more than 60 years, it is volunteers that have made that possible.

Great volunteers don’t just give their time. They listen. They learn. They solve problems. They care.

They have a positive effect on other people that can far outlast the specific task they’re working on at any given time. One thing I’ve learned from a life of conversations with many, many people is that in time I may not recall exactly what it was we talked about, but I always remember how that person made me feel.

In your interactions with A & O’s clients, staff, supporters and fellow volunteers you have the opportunity to provide that memorable feeling. You can help people feel good about themselves, this organization and our world – just by being your compassionate, empathic and enthusiastic self.

The success of A & O Support Services shows us just what this organization’s volunteers have done, year after year, decade after decade.

Thank you for your choice to shine a light in other’s lives. Thank you for all we know you have done, and all you have done that no one knows about.

May your heart be filled with the gratitude of your fellow Manitobans.

Thank You.  Merci.  Meegwich.