GOVERNOR GENERAL’S SOVEREIGN’S MEDAL FOR VOLUNTEERS

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

Government House
Monday, September 21, 2020 – 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 – in a province enriched by a large and vibrant Indigenous community.

En tant que Canadiens, nous avons la chance de vivre dans un pays où les communautés sont fortes.

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 they 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.

As Lieutenant Governor of the great province of Manitoba, one of the things I love most is having the opportunity to celebrate outstanding Manitobans.

We are known for our commitment to community, and volunteerism, and I am so proud that ten of our citizens from across the province – seven of whom are here today – are having this honour bestowed upon them.

It is even more meaningful to be celebrating these wonderful Manitobans in this, the 150th anniversary of the province’s entry into confederation.

Each of the volunteers being recognized today has a unique story of service. This year’s recipients have served community organizations throughout the province and beyond, and have dedicated themselves to education, health, sports, seniors, festivals, and spreading their caring spirit wherever they go.

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

Each of them has shown leadership, and has set an example for others. People are learning from you when you don’t even know they are watching.

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.