The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Manitoba Legislative Building
Thursday, September 10, 2020 – 4:00 p.m.
Fellow Manitobans, dreamers and seekers, builders and nurturers, friends and mentors – it’s a great pleasure to share this special moment with you all today.
The annual investiture ceremony for new members of the Order of Manitoba has been a highlight of every summer since I took on the role of Lieutenant Governor.
A gathering of men and women who have contributed so spectacularly to Manitoba’s health and well-being and its social, cultural and economic life is always a special day.
In normal times it makes for a wonderful way to celebrate the anniversary of Manitoba’s entry into Confederation.
Well, we all know these are not normal times.
And in this year of isolation and social distancing, uncertainty and anxiety, getting together with such accomplished Manitobans is truly a tonic for the soul.
The individuals being invested in the Order of Manitoba today have made too many contributions to this province to recount in a single ceremony.
Their lifelong commitment has enriched our health and educational systems, enhanced our cultural and recreational life, forged bonds of understanding and compassion, created new economic opportunities, and offered support to those in need so that they can share in the good life our province has to offer.
They have made our province stronger, more resilient, more caring and more hopeful.
And for all the enormous value of the contributions they’ve made in their own fields of endeavor, the inspiration they provide for others is perhaps the thing that stands out most this year.
We have been shown this year more clearly than ever that a healthy society is an interdependent one. We depend on each other to do the right things. And we’ve seen that Manitobans can are prepared to take actions that foster a safe, healthy and supportive province for everyone.
Members of the Order of Manitoba have used their great talent, creativity and drive to improve the world around them. And they inspire us all to do what we can, to take responsibility for those places where we can make an impact, to take on our own leadership roles when the need and opportunity arises.
As the newest members of the Order of Manitoba, you represent the hope and the certainty that Manitobans will rise to the occasion whatever the next year or next decade throws at them.
Congratulations and thank you for all of your contributions to our province and people.