The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Thursday, August 15, 2019 – 2:00 p.m.
Leaders, mentors, heroines – members of the Canadian Federation of University Women – welcome to Government House and this centennial celebration of an inspiring organization.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
I acknowledge that the Anishinaabe and Metis people lived here long before this place at the meeting of the Red and Assiniboine rivers was known as Winnipeg. And this city continues to be enriched by a large and vibrant Indigenous community.
I may be biased, as a lifelong Manitoban, but I think you’ve picked a great location for your 100th anniversary celebration – and not just because this is where Canadian Federation of University Women had its first meeting.
Just three years ago, we celebrated the centennial of the legislation that made Manitoba the first province in Canada to extend the right to vote to women.
Just five years ago, Manitobans celebrated the opening of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights – which tells the story of the struggle for the right of women in Canada and around the world to live full and equal lives free from fear and oppression.
So this is a city and province that is attuned to the need to promote human rights, justice, peace and the status of women.
Members of the University Women’s Club of Women have been at the forefront of efforts in Manitoba to promote social progress and education for more than a century.
All of you are here because you are committed to personal growth and lifelong learning and because you have accepted the responsibility to use your time, energy and abilities to serve something greater than yourself.
Members of the CFUW and its affiliated clubs improve life in Canada in many ways. One way is by inspiring others to continue working for a better country and world.
So it’s fitting that one of your centennial projects is recognizing 100 Notable Women.
Each of these notable women has a story to tell of work and accomplishment, of leadership and innovation.
Whether through their personal accomplishments, their local club’s projects or through national initiatives to support early childhood education, clean water on first nations or the elimination of violence against women, they carry on a long tradition of dedication to a better world.
To all the 100 Notable Women and to all members of CFUW, I offer one hundred years’ worth of congratulations. I wish you all an enriching and inspiring time of learning, listening and friendship during your annual general meeting and throughout the year.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.