The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Manitoba Room, University Centre
Monday, June 3, 2019 – 10:30 a.m.
Fellow alumni, faculty and staff, friends and supporters of Manitoba’s university – what a great morning this is turning out to be.
I begin by acknowledging that the Anishinaabe and Metis people lived here long before this place became Winnipeg. And this city remains home to the largest Indigenous community in Canada.
Morning is a time of new beginnings and fresh starts. And morning people tend to be filled with energy and optimism.
So what a great time of day this is to formally welcome Anne Mahon to her role as the new chancellor of the University of Manitoba.
Education and research are all about making new starts. Every new page, every new question, brings with it the possibility to see, understand and experience something fresh.
Anne Mahon is somebody who has dedicated herself to new starts in her writing and her volunteer leadership. She is an intentional person – somebody who thinks and acts out of deeply held convictions.
In her volunteer leadership with refugees and new immigrants, she has dedicated herself to helping people find their way in a new country.
In her work as an author, she has given us the opportunity to meet people changing their lives for the better and changing our country for the better.
Now, as the 14th Chancellor of the University of Manitoba, she will preside over an institution that each year provides more than 29,000 students with the opportunity to expand their world and seek new possibilities.
Anne, I know that the passion and leadership you bring to everything you choose to be involved with will make you a wonderful ambassador for the University of Manitoba. Your insights, commitment, your compassion and your vision will benefit this institution throughout your term.
Congratulations to you Anne, and to the university that will be so well served by you. Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.