The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
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Protectors, mentors, advisors – members of Canada’s and Manitoba’s correctional service – welcome to this celebration of long-term professional excellence.
It is my pleasure to host you today in this magnificent home, here in the heart of Treaty One where we strive for respectful partnerships with all the people of this province, as we search for collective healing and true reconciliation.
Manitoba has been shaped by the efforts of men and women to protect their communities. Our province came into existence through the efforts of the Red River Metis to protect their homeland. Its growth was made possible by a series of treaties signed by leaders of the Anishinaabe, Cree and Dene nations – treaties meant to protect us all equitably as we share this great land.
We continue to rely on individuals who dedicate themselves to protecting the health, safety and rights of their fellow Manitobans – sometimes in difficult or dangerous environments.
For nearly forty years, the Corrections Exemplary Service Medal has recognized the contributions of people employed in corrections at the federal, provincial and territorial level. It is a valued part of our national honours system recognizing the special nature of work in such unique environments.
Working within a correction environment, or as a parole or probation officer, requires a special combination of strength and sensitivity.
You defend both the individuals you work with and the public at large. You safeguard society when, by treating offenders with dignity, encouragement and understanding, you enable them to make positive changes in their lives.
It’s one thing to have a good day or a good week in one’s job, but earning this Exemplary Service Medal means that you have devoted at least twenty years of full-time service to your profession, with at least ten in direct contact with offenders.
Long-term commitment to the health and safety of one’s society takes a heart and soul dedicated to community leadership.
I am especially proud to be able to host you in the year when Canada has been celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – the seventieth anniversary of the beginning of Her Majesty’s exceptional reign.
Since the official anniversary of her accession to the throne on February 6th, we have been recognizing and honouring Her Majesty’s steadfast leadership and devoted public service with which she has guided Her loyal subjects throughout the Commonwealth for the past seven decades.
In that spirit, I recognize and honour the exceptional public service you provide.
Congratulations on this career milestone and thank you for your service, and committment to a safer, healthier, better province and nation.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.