Remarks by
The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

RBC Convention Centre
Thursday, November 15, 2018 – 12:00 p.m.

Visionaries and planners, founders and sustainers, members and friends of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – it’s a pleasure to join you today in giving thanks to those who give so much to our community.

We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.

We’ve come together for these awards near the beginning of a time that is often called the Season of Giving.

In the weeks ahead, we will hear songs extolling the virtues of generosity and sharing. We will have plenty of opportunities to watch George Bailey learn that a loving community gives meaning to life or see the transformation of Ebenezer Scrooge into a giddy bestower of gifts.

But ironically most of the focus of the weeks ahead will be on buying gifts for family members and friends. In a season celebrating love and compassion, we end up striving to be kind to people we already know and love.

So these awards are a wonderful way to start the season with a much more broad and open frame of mind.

Philanthropy widens the circle of people we care about. Philanthropy extends the time horizon of caring, so that we consider not just what is needed right now, but what will be needed next year and next decade.

The individuals and organizations being recognized today have built and sustained institutions that support Manitobans in need and enhance the quality of life in our province for everybody.

Some have been involved in philanthropy for decades. Others are building their lifelong commitment to philanthropy.

They work to inspire the philanthropists of the future and find support for the needs of today.

Recipients of these awards help to make Canada the third most generous nation in the world, a place where the charitable sector receives more than $14 billion in gifts each year. And they provide hope that we can broaden the base of charitable giving for the future, in order to ensure that our charitable sector is sustainable.

Thanks to people and organizations like those being recognized today, the true season of giving in our community lasts 12 months every year.

Congratulations to all the honorees and thank you to all who are committed to philanthropy.