The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Thursday, July 14, 2022
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Welcome friends, to this celebration of something special, to this celebration of you.
It’s my absolute pleasure to have the chance, one last time, to break bread with a group of outstanding Manitobans here in Government House, in the heart of Treaty One land.
I have been blessed throughout my life, and especially during my time as Lieutenant Governor, to meet so many of my fellow Manitobans, to share with them my love of this province and to learn from them about their lives and their passions and their dreams.
This Order of Manitoba dinner has always been a high point every year for me and for His Honour.
I love that this is an intimate gathering. I love that it brings together a generation-spanning group of women and men who have done remarkable things in every field of endeavour.
I love to catch up with old friends and to make new ones.
And, I love to see the sparks of inspiration fly.
Nobody attains the achievements that characterize members of the Order of Manitoba without being filled with curiosity and having a mind and heart open to new ideas and experiences. I love to see sparks of inspiration. No one really does things alone.
So when you put a group of Order of Manitoba members together in a cozy gathering like this, you can expect to see the lights go on in a set of eyes across the table. You can expect new ideas to burst forth and new and fruitful connections to be made all over the room.
With all of your accomplishments and your contributions to life in our province, you’re an inspiring bunch. I can tell you from having hosted a number of these dinners, you’re going to inspire each other tonight.
Our staff and caterers here at Government House always provide for a delicious meal.
But more than that – you’ll enjoy food for thought and nourishment for the soul.
I thank you all for what you’ve done for Manitoba and for bringing your light tonight to Government House.
Bon appetit. Enjoy your meal and enjoy this magical evening.