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

Government House
Thursday, October 11, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.

People of compassion and understanding, staff, supporters and friends of the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba, welcome to Government House and this celebration of 35 years of service to Manitobans.

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

Today you’ve come together in a building that is a recognizable landmark in our province. Government House has been a gathering place for 135 years, and has welcomed kings and queens, prime ministers, foreign heads of state and dignitaries of all sorts.

This has also been a meeting place for Manitobans – for volunteers, for recipients of public service awards, for individuals being honoured for good deeds and hard work of all kinds.

This distinctive building is a Manitoba symbol that dates back nearly 40 years before the Golden Boy was placed on his perch next door.

It’s fitting that an organization dedicated to public service and compassion should celebrate an anniversary here, because the values of the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba also represent this province and its people.

Caring and help for the vulnerable are core values that express the very best of the Manitoba spirit. And for 35 years they have been the heart and soul of your organization.

Your programs serve nearly 100,000 Manitobans per year from literally every walk of life. Mood disorders affect virtually every family in our province in some way, at some time, whether in the form of post-partum depression, seasonal affective disorder, addiction, depression, personality disorder or age-related depression.

Your work for these last 35 years has not only helped your clients. You have helped society as a whole open up about mental health in ways that were nearly unimaginable when you began.

Thank you for making helping us to learn, to care and to reach out to one another. May you continue to provide hope, encouragement and understanding to people in need.

Congratulations on this anniversary.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.