The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Canad Inns Polo Park
Sunday, May 5, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.
Brothers of the broom, sisters of the stone – members and friends of the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fam and Museum – it’s a pleasure to help you celebrate groups and individuals who have built and nurtured a special part of our province’s culture.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
In Manitoba, we’re proud to have a built a society with strong communities and traditions and institutions that bring us together.
We’re a helping province and a caring province. We’re a province of volunteers and benefactors.
It’s no coincidence that we’re also a province of hundreds of community sports organizations.
In communities large and small, people of all ages gather on weekends and evenings to cheer, compete and share the benefits of sports.
No sport contributes to the community spirit of Manitoba more than curling.
With nearly 50 men’s and women’s and junior national championships over the years, the success of curling in Manitoba can partially be measured in trophies.
This province has provided many of the most successful competitive curlers in Canada for years – as we can see by the achievements of curlers and teams being inducted tonight in the Hall of Fame.
But perhaps more importantly, the success of curling can be measured in the popularity of the game, in the number of leagues and clubs and bonspiels all across Manitoba.
Curling brings Manitobans together to share fitness, friendship and competition. That sharing on the ice helps to create a spirit of cooperation and community that extends long after the ice has melted for the year.
To all of those who have built curling in Manitoba and contributed to this unique aspect of our province’s culture, thank you for your leadership and your commitment to excellence.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.