DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S SILVER AWARD CEREMONY

Remarks by

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

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Friday, June 10, 2022

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Leaders of tomorrow, mentors and supporters of today, welcome to this celebration of courage, personal growth and learning through experience.

It is my absolute pleasure to have you here at Government House – in the heart of Winnipeg – on Treaty One land, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, and the homeland of the Metis people. 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.

I’ve had the great fortune of being a part of several Duke of Edinburgh’s award ceremonies and have always come away inspired and filled with hope for the future.

So it’s a delight to see Government House filled up once again with the special magic created by achievement, optimism, satisfaction and pride.

In learning new skills, working on fitness and healthy lifestyles, taking on an adventure and providing volunteer service to their community, the Silver Award recipients being recognized tonight have created life-changing experiences for themselves.

Each of you receiving the award today has gone through experiences and challenges that can set you up for a lifetime of leadership. At school, at home, in the community, in your future careers, I hope you’ll draw on the confidence you’ve gained through this program, and know that you can do anything!

Knowing that you can rise to a challenge, you can take responsibility to make things happen. Volunteer to be on that school committee! Speak up for those in need! Raise funds for school or community projects! Raise spirits through your caring presence.

You are receiving your awards during the year when we are celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – the 70th anniversary of the beginning of Her Majesty’s reign.

Throughout her reign, Her Majesty has devoted herself to public service and community leadership – as did the Duke of Edinburgh, in founding this award program.

Our province, our country and our world need a steady supply of young people who have the confidence to take on a challenge, the curiosity to learn and a passion for community. Each generation needs to find and inspire new leaders.

As the novelist Marcel Proust put it, “the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”

Congratulations to today’s Silver Award Recipients and thank you to all those leaders, supporters and parents who make this voyage of discovery possible for Manitoba’s youth.

The world is waiting for you. Wherever you path may lead, I wish you success.

Thank you      Merci       Meegwich