The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Thursday, July 14, 2022
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Friends, Manitobans, builders of a great province.
It is my pleasure to join you today in this magnificent building, here in the heart of Treaty One, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, and the homeland of the Red River Metis. We strive for respectful partnerships with all the peoples of this province, as we search for collective healing and true reconciliation and honour this beautiful land together.
Today, we are recognizing twelve remarkable individuals who have truly brought honour to this province through lives of great achievement, hard work, continuous learning and imagination.
They have built partnerships, embodied respect for others, worked for healing of our physical, social, emotional and cultural ills.
Their achievements and their leadership have earned them the distinction we will confer today: membership in the prestigious The Order of Manitoba, our province’s highest honour.
Since 1999, 293 outstanding Manitobans have been inducted into the Order, on or about July 15th each year, which is the anniversary of our province’s entry into Confederation as Canada’s fifth province.
On that date in 1870, Manitoba became a province of Canada. But important as that date is, historically, that’s not what goes through your mind when as a Manitoban you think “I love this province.”
It’s not a piece of legislation that creates that strong personal bond with your home. It’s the people. People with special, amazing gifts. People who love to share those gifts with others.
People like the members of The Order of Manitoba. And they don’t do what they do looking for accolades and awards. In business, the arts, sports, education, public service, communications … these men and women have reached admirable heights.
But what makes them special is that they have not just been content to enjoy the view from up there.
I won’t recite the full list of their volunteer and philanthropic contributions. Suffice to say that the ripple effects of their generosity and commitment to community are felt throughout Manitoba’s health, cultural, educational, recreational and social organizations.
Those effects will continue to enhance the lives of people of all ages, from all walks of life and in all corners of our province.
This investiture comes during a year when we are celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – the 70th anniversary of the beginning of Her Majesty’s reign.
The central theme of the Platinum Jubilee commemorations have been recognizing Her Majesty’s lifelong dedication of service to others, and quiet, steadfast leadership.
These newest members of the Order of Manitoba share a lifelong dedication to our province – and to the world.
Given that this group includes a woman who risked her life for others during the Second World War and is today supporting a place of peace and beauty in our city – when I say “lifelong dedication” I really do mean lifelong dedication.
I have no doubt that there are many, many years of leadership still to come from all those being invested today.
To all of today’s inductees, congratulations on your achievement, and thank you for your contributions and commitment to building an even better Manitoba for all.
Enjoy this special day and this wonderful Manitoba summer,
Thank you. Merci. Meegwetch