The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Monday, June 6, 2022
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Leaders of tomorrow and of the future, welcome to Manitoba and this deep dive into the issues, challenges and opportunities of the province I’m proud to call home.
It is my special pleasure to welcome you today 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. 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.
It’s a particular pleasure to welcome back to Government House participants and alumni from the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference – a group we last hosted here in 2017.
A great deal has happened since then to make finding and empowering the next generation of leaders a more important task than ever.
The questions you’ve been examining – transition to a low-carbon future, the challenges of the digital age, economic recovery, and leadership and learning in a rapidly changing world – are sure to shape our world for years to come.
To take on these challenges, you’ll need knowledge and expertise – which of course you already have in your own areas of work and study. You’ll also need the ability to listen and share and work with people who have all kinds of needs, dreams and life experiences.
And most importantly, you’ll need a fire inside you: a passion to learn, to reach out, to contribute your gifts and talents to your community and your world.
That willingness to dig in and work, to find your place in the continuing story of responding to an ever-changing world – that’s the essence of leadership.
Given that the earliest roots of this conference are in the Commonwealth Leadership Conference of 1956, it’s fitting that we take a moment to recognize that this year marks the Queen’s Platium Jubilee – the 70th anniversary of the beginning of Her Majesty’s reign just four years before that.
One of the themes of the Platinum Jubilee is recognizing the role of leadership and volunteer service in building healthy communities and great countries.
Since 1956 in the Commonwealth, and since 1983 in Canada, leadership conferences have encouraged individuals who have a passion to serve and to lead.
I am sure that for this year’s participants as for those of past years, this will be a transformative experience.
I wish you well in maintaining the fire that will be ignited and fed during your Manitoba study tour.
Thank you, Merci, Meegwich.