CORRECTIONAL EXEMPLARY SERVICE MEDAL

Remarks by
The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Government House
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 – 1:00 p.m.

Protectors of the public, changers of lives, corrections officers and staff of Stony Mountain Institution – welcome to Government House and this celebration of exemplary service.

We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.

We’re gathered here for a celebration of public service and for a celebration of leadership.

We’re accustomed to thinking of the words “lead” and “serve” as opposites – but today’s award recipients remind us that the two concepts go hand in hand.

As dedicated professionals in the Correctional Service of Canada, recipients of the Corrections Exemplary Service Medal serve the safety and values of Canadians.

They make their fellow Canadians safer and they exemplify the Canadian values of fairness, equity and understanding.

They choose to dedicate their energy, imagination and empathy to working in a challenging environment, sometimes with very challenging people.

In the process, they set an example of courage, dedication and compassion. Their example on the job makes them leaders for their colleagues at Stony Mountain and for those inmates who are in need of role models of discipline and integrity.

The individuals being recognized today work in a variety of capacities – directly on the floor, in a variety of programs, with offenders who are on parole and with inmates in the institution, in management and institutional support roles.

All have served for at least 20 years with a high standard of integrity and professionalism. A few have served considerably longer than that.

We sometimes associate leadership with the kind of dramatic moments that we all hope will not happen.

But leadership is also found in the commitment to deal with the challenges that arise every day on the job. Doing your best today and doing your best again tomorrow and helping those around you do their best – that’s leadership.

Thank you for your commitment to a safer community and to the values of the Correctional Service of Canada.

Congratulations on this recognition of the values you put into practice every day.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.