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


Government House
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.

Friends, Manitobans, volunteers – on behalf of Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Julie Payette, welcome to Government House for this national celebration of volunteer service.

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

I acknowledge that the Anishinaabe and Metis people lived here long before this place became Winnipeg. And this city remains home to the largest Indigenous community in Canada.

As Canadians, we are fortunate to live in a nation of strong communities.

From the largest cities to the smallest villages, Canada is a country where we make up for our vast distances with the close relationships of our people.

Canadians are passionate about making the place their call home the best it can be, making sure that all people have the opportunity to live in a safe, healthy, prosperous and vibrant city or town, province or country.

Millions of them demonstrate that love and passion by giving their time and energy and talents to support community and charitable organizations.

That is why the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is such a fitting part of our national honours system. These awards, bestowed by the Governor General of Canada, recognize that volunteer service is at the heart of our country’s values.

Each of the volunteers being recognized today has a unique story of service. This year’s recipients have served community organizations in the north and south, at the local and national level, and have dedicated themselves to education, health, sports, seniors, festivals, and spreading Canada’s caring spirit internationally.

They range widely in the years they’ve been caring for their community, but they share a common passion.

Each of them has set an example for others.

By taking personal responsibility for making their community and their country better, they have shown us what it means to be a leader and a citizen.

On behalf of the Governor General, thank you for your volunteer service and for all the ways you have had a positive impact on the lives around you.

Congratulations, and may you be rewarded by the knowledge that your contributions make a big difference to the world around you.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.