Remarks by

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

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Tuesday, August 17, 2021



Dear friends – old and new – what a delight it is to be here with you in-person to celebrate the life and energy you bring to our province and its people.

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

 Like you, I have been awaiting the careful return to in-person gatherings and the re-emergence of many aspects of our social, cultural and community lives.

I can’t think of a better group to share this renaissance with.

This last year and a half has reminded us again that human connections are essential to us. We may have the good fortune to be healthy, safe and comfortable in our homes – but we still have an unquenchable thirst to connect meaningfully with other people.

Volunteers are people who have found a great way to quench that thirst. They give their time and energy, ask questions, imagine solutions, and inspire others to join them in making their communities better, healthier, more exciting.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Make a Difference Community Awards recognize volunteers from north and south and from cities and towns and rural areas for stellar achievements in the volunteer sector.

There are so many ways of making a difference. Some care for the earth or for the four-legged creatures that need our help. Some help people develop work skills or life skills. Some help them find nourishment for their bodies or for their spirit. Some make it possible for people to hit a home run. Some help people find a home.

I am grateful for the contributions made by each of today’s Make a Difference Community Award Recipients.

I’m honoured to be able to present the Lieutenant Governor’s Vice Regal Volunteer Award to Maysoun Darweesh for creating the Kurdish Initiative for Refugees and helping hundreds of women, children and men to be part of this caring community that we are building together.

Congratulations to each of you and thank you for keeping the spirit of community alive and well throughout our province, in good times and challenging times.

Thank you.