The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Friday, September 20, 2019 – 2:00 p.m.
Friends, Manitobans, fellow alumni of a great faculty and a great university – welcome to Government House and this celebration of friendship and dedication to a better world.
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 known as Winnipeg. And our province remains home to a large and vibrant Indigenous community.
Manitobans are proud to live in a province where there is a strong sense of community.
That sense of community can take many forms.
One is the famous magnet-like power of our province.
Manitobans can achieve wonderful things on the world stage and take on challenges that take them around the world. But there’s something about Manitoba that draws people back – in some cases to live here again, and in other cases for a visit to see special people and places at gatherings like this.
So to those of you who have returned to Manitoba either to live or just for this special anniversary – welcome back. We missed you.
Another form taken by our great sense of community is the wonderful network of caring that links homes and neighbourhoods.
Manitobans are united by countless connections – by volunteers and by caring professionals who are determined to make this a safer, healthier, more compassionate place.
You are coming together here after five decades as part of that network of caring connectors.
Your studies in Home Economics – like mine – introduced you to the complex interconnections between the physical necessities of food, clothing and shelter and the social, intellectual and emotional needs of children and adults.
You graduated in the summer of Woodstock into a world in which many people your age thought the key to happiness was to tune in, turn on and drop out.
Well, you may have tuned in to the needs of the world around you. But instead of turning on and dropping out you reached out – reaching out to the people who needed the skills and insights you had to share.
As the Grateful Dead sang all those years ago – it has been a long, strange trip. And your commitment to the world around you has made the trip more rewarding for everybody – and I hope for each and every one of you.
Congratulations on this wonderful anniversary and may you continue to take the scenic route.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.