CONVERSATIONS AND CELEBRATIONS

Remarks by

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

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

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After eighteen long months, it is such a pleasure to see your smiling faces, and welcome you back to Government House – here in the heart of Winnipeg – on Treaty One land, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, and the homeland of the Metis people.

I have so missed evenings like this, and I have missed you.

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.

When I first had the idea for this series of Conversations and Celebrations, I hoped that I’d be able to watch sparks of inspiration as people formed new relationships, made new friends, and simply connected with each other as human beings. I have not been disappointed.

I can’t think of a better way of bringing back Conversations and Celebrations than by welcoming tonight’s very special guest: Christa Bruneau-Guenther.

Christa is the owner and chef of Feast Café Bistro, and so much more. Her story will captivate and inspire you.

Christa is a passionate builder of community. She has risen from humble, hard beginnings, to a place where she can now offer a hand up to others, empowering, supporting and cheering them on like a proud parent.

Christa is creating opportunities and employment in Winnipeg’s west end. She is sharing her culture and traditions through modern dishes rooted in First Nations cuisine. She is showing others how a business can also have a community purpose – with a bottom line that’s measured in more than just numbers.

 

One of my passions throughout my time as Lieutenant Governor – throughout my life actually – has been to recognize and connect leaders – community builders – from all walks of life, and to inspire more Manitobans to

take on the challenge of imagining a better world and making that vision come true.

Leadership is action, not position. We are all capable of taking action. It starts by saying yes.

So let’s engage in a great conversation tonight that allows us to celebrate and be inspired by the leadership, imagination, determination and talents of one fabulous Manitoban committed to building a better Manitoba for us all.

Thank you, Merci, Meegwich