QUEEN’S COUNSEL CEREMONY AND RECEPTION

Remarks by

The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

 Thursday, May 31, 2022

Government House

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Friends, Manitobans, leaders in law and community, welcome to a celebration of passion, dedication, integrity, and leadership.

It is my special pleasure to welcome you today to Government House – here in the heart of Winnipeg on Treaty One land, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, and the homeland of the 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.

There’s a kind of magic in the air when you gather together a group of people who have a fire inside in them – a burning desire for justice, for understanding, for improving their world.

That’s the kind of magic that makes this 140-year-old residence come to life. Today, we are celebrating a group of leading Manitoba lawyers for careers marked by excellence in the practice of law, combined with integrity, leadership and service to the community.

The individuals we honour today have earned their new status through illuminating insights, courageous advocacy and an unwavering respect for justice.

Today, we are celebrating 21 lawyers in our province who received Queen’s Counsel designation in 2020 and 2021.

While today’s new QCs had to wait a while for this event, that delay means that we are now recognizing their leadership, professionalism and service during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – the year marking the 70th anniversary of the beginning of Her Majesty’s reign.

One of the themes of the Platinum Jubilee is the role of leadership and volunteer service in building healthy communities and great countries.

A great province and a great country are built by men and women who bring their talents to the table every day and who teach, mentor and inspire the next generation of leaders to do the same. And today’s new QCs have certainly done that.

In addition to their achievements in legal practice and great service to the legal profession, today’s new QCs have also dedicated countless hours of their extremely valuable time to providing leadership to the not-for-profit sector.

Our province and our nation are better for the contributions you have made as lawyers, as citizens, and as neighbours.

Congratulations on earning this distinction.

Thank you         Merci         Meegwetch