Video Remarks by

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

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Tuesday, February 15, 2021

 Who likes to open a window to let in some fresh air and light? Who likes to throw open the door and let in friends and neighbours?

I’m sure we’re all looking forward to doing both of those things later this year.

But today, we’re going to do the next best thing.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Advancement of Interreligious Understanding recognizes the work of Manitobans who dedicate their time, energy and creativity to opening metaphorical doors and windows.

This award recognizes the work of men and women who bring Manitobans together to share their light.

Recipients of this award are Manitobans who have worked for greater understanding across faith communities.

They have shown that the differences in our beliefs are not walls dividing us from our neighbours. They have shown instead that our common search for meaning and purpose gives us a way to gather together in mind and spirit.

Today we recognize John Longhurst for nearly 20 years of creating understanding and fostering dialogue through his work at the Winnipeg Free Press.

There is no house of worship in Canada – and probably not in the world – large enough to accommodate all the people who have gained wisdom and insight through John’s writing.

As he has reported on the most fundamental questions of justice and purpose, John has helped us all to read the good news of our common humanity and our shared quest for a better world for people of all faiths.

Thank you, John, for your dedication to interreligious understanding, and thank you to the Winnipeg Free Press for maintaining its commitment to coverage of faith.

Merci.  Meegwich.