LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR’S AWARD FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF INTERRELIGIOUS UNDERSTANDING

 

Video Remarks by

The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

People of faith, carriers of light, builders of community – it is a pleasure to join you – electronically – in a new year for this celebration of a career of bringing people together.

It is my pleasure to welcome you today from Government House – located in the heart of Treaty One land, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, and the homeland of the Metis people. Here, 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.

What better way to honour this beautiful land and support collective healing than the kind of work recognized by the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Advancement of Interreligious Understanding?

In his work at Knox United Church, in his partnerships with Winnipeg’s Muslim community and the very diverse Hugh John Macdonald School, in his advocacy for the development of the city’s Central Park – Bill Millar has been guided by the understanding that when we accept one another and work together we are all changed in the process.

Just as physics teaches us that each body in the universe exerts a force on every other, so an understanding of humanity teaches us that we all influence and are influenced by one another.

Each of us has the ability to lead others by living with integrity, compassion and dedication, and in turn each of us responds to the leadership of others around us.

When we share our vision and our pathway to a better world, we all learn and grow.

At Knox United Church and before that at the Winnipeg Church of the Deaf, Bill inspired and empowered countless others – in his congregations and beyond – to greater understanding and more fruitful co-operation.

He joins a list of great Manitobans who have received this award since its establishment in 2010.

Let’s all honour the meaningful, outstanding contributions by Bill Millar and his fellow award recipients by continuing in our own way to build understanding among our fellow men and women.

Congratulations Bill and thank you for your contributions to Manitoba and to the world.