The Honourable Anita Neville, P.C., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal Presentation Ceremony
Manitoba Legislative Building
November & December 2022
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Friends, Manitobans, people who put the heart in the heart of Canada, welcome to this celebration of life, community and service.
We meet today for this ceremony in the heart of Treaty One land, in the traditional home of the Anishinaabe and the Metis, and in the capital of a province that is home to the Cree, Dene and Dakota people. Here in Manitoba, we are working to advance understanding, healing and reconciliation and build a better home for all.
The work of building healthy, safe, prosperous and vibrant communities is never over. It requires dedication from people of all ages, from all walks of life – people who pose questions, find answers, build enthusiasm and see the work through.
This year, across Canada, we have been commemorating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – the 70th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth – by celebrating community leadership and public service.
Public service was a central theme throughout Her Majesty’s long reign, and countless Canadians reflected on public service this fall during the time of mourning after Her Majesty’s passing.
We have been reflecting as well on her passionate devotion to Canada – a country she visited 22 times, including six visits to Manitoba.
Many of us had the honour of witnessing, first-hand or on the news, as Her Majesty met the people of Manitoba on tours that took her from the Red River Valley to the shores of Hudson Bay. She was gracious, engaged, and genuinely interested in everyone she met, whether she was visiting a farm, attending Manitoba’s centennial celebrations, unveiling the refurbished Golden Boy, or dedicating the cornerstone for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.
And so the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medals are also a celebration of dedication to all the people of this country.
One thousand Manitobans are being selected for this honour – recognizing service to community and country, reconciliation and public service.
Members of the Legislative Assembly have identified each of you for your outstanding dedication to others and for the great things you’ve accomplished for your community and for Manitoba and Canada.
As recipients of the Platinum Jubilee Medal, each of you brings the spirit of public service to life. Each of you leads by example. Each of you takes responsibility for making your community, your province and your country better.
And now, as you wear this medal with pride and satisfaction, you have the opportunity to show others how they can find their own route to public service and community leadership.
Congratulations and thank you all for giving us a thousand more reasons to love this province and its people.