Governor General’s Medals in Architecture and Governor General’s Medals in Landscape Architecture

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

Government House
Thursday, September 13, 2018 – 2:00 p.m.

Visionaries, creators, members and friends of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada – welcome to Government House and this celebration of great spaces and the professionals who make them possible.

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

I am honoured that today, for these national honours, you have come to Manitoba and I will have the privilege of bestowing these awards on behalf of Her Excellency Julie Payette.

The recipients being honoured today have created beautiful, functional spaces that bring people together and help them to feel at home.

So I’m delighted that today you’ve come to Government House, a landmark in our province that has been doing just that for 135 years.

Je suis donc enchantée aujourd’hui de votre présence à la résidence du lieutenant-gouverneur, un édifice repère dans notre province, et ce, depuis 135 ans.

I am also pleased that this presentation is taking place in a city where people are passionate about preserving the built environment of the past – as in our Exchange District – and about creating exciting new spaces to bring us all together – such as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Given that one of the favourite public spaces in our entire province is the beautifully designed Assiniboine Park, it is also fitting that the Governor General’s Medal in Landscape Architecture is being bestowed today.

The remarkable beauty, innovation and diversity of projects being honoured today tells us a great deal about the profession in Canada.

And that diversity represents our country at its best.

Et cette diversité illustre ce qu’il a de meilleur dans notre pays.

Looking at the list of projects, I see how talented teams of creators and problem solvers have created buildings and spaces that meet the needs of public and private clients. I see projects designed to reflect and work with their environment. I see talented people working all across our country,

I see in this group of professionals a combination of attributes that our nation and our world needs – the ability to dream and to make a dream a reality.

As Henry David Thoreau put it: “If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. That is where they should be. Now build foundations under them.”

Congratulations to all of those who were involved in these wonderful projects.

Merci d’avoir posé de solides fondations et de nous avoir offert de magnifiques châteaux.

Thank you for making our foundations strong and our castles beautiful.