Video Remarks by

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

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

 Monday, November 15, 2021


Givers, uniters, members of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – welcome to the 2021 Manitoba Philanthropy Awards.

It’s my pleasure to welcome you today from Government House – located in the heart of Winnipeg on Treaty One land, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.

Here at Government House, as throughout Manitoba, 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.

These annual awards are a celebration of generosity. They give us a chance to acknowledge the great gifts of time and resources that support so many of the organizations that work for a healthier, happier, better province and world.

But they are more than that. The people being honoured today don’t just make their individual contributions to a better Manitoba – they multiply their efforts by building communities of givers.

We associate leaders with individuals who have many years of experience and are at the tops of organizational charts. And that absolutely applies to some of today’s honourees.

But leadership can be expressed by people of all ages and in all occupations and walks of life – including the youth and emerging philanthropy leaders we’re celebrating today.

All of those who take it upon themselves to unite people around a common goal and to motivate and inspire them to realize a dream are leading us to a better place.

To all of today’s honourees and to all members of Manitoba’s philanthropic community, thank you for helping us honour this land. And congratulations on all of the milestones of generosity you have reached in your lives and your careers.

Thank you, Merci, Meegwich.