Remarks Given by
The Honourable Gary A. Filmon, P.C., O.C., O.M
on behalf of The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
(Check Against Delivery)
Upholders of the right, members and civilian staff of a storied institution, fellow Canadians – welcome to this celebration of bravery, dedication and meritorious service.
It is my pleasure to welcome you today to Government House – located in the heart of Winnipeg – on Treaty One land, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, and the homeland of the Metis people. 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.
For more than five years, I have been overjoyed to meet men and women who are committed to improving the lives of their fellow Manitobans.
I’ve seen such inspiring examples of public spirit and community leadership. I’ve heard moving stories of lives spent in consideration of others. All all of these encounters have filled me with gratitude for the good fortune of living in this province and this country.
That feeling is never more powerful than when I meet those men and women recognized for long-term meritorious service and for special commendations by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
For many of you, today is recognition for an entire career of meeting and exceeding the high standards of the RCMP – whether as members or as civilian employees. This award recognizes years of urgency, of odd hours, of professionalism.
For others, this is a day to recognize a specific time of challenge, perhaps a gruelling investigation or an all-consuming project, perhaps an hour or a day in which the stakes were literally life or death.
For all of you, this day is a celebration of your willingness to take on personal responsibility for the safety of your community, for the protection of the lives, property and rights of Canadians.
In choosing the careers you have, you have accepted more than just a special set of responsibilities and duties. You have taken on a role of leadership within your community.
And I know that for many of you, that leadership role is something you carry with you in your off-duty hours and your lives after retirement. You are the people Canadians look up to.
And your example inspires others to shoulder the responsibilities of leadership in their own way.
Thank you for what you do and what you encourage others to dream and to do. And congratulations on this special day.