The Honourable Gary Filmon, P.C., O.C., O.M.
On behalf of
The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Thursday, October 17, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.
Friends and fellow Manitobans; volunteers and leaders of a great Manitoba institution – on behalf of Her Honour the Lieutenant Governor, welcome to Government House.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
I acknowledge that the Anishinaabe and Metis people lived here long before this place became known as Winnipeg. And our province remains home to a large and vibrant Indigenous community.
Many of you know Janice personally and have heard her over the years talk about the importance of volunteer service and taking responsibility for making a better community.
So you know how much she values people who make important community organizations survive and thrive.
Organizations like the Rady Centre exist because of the willingness of people to get involved – whether that means helping to plan and run programs, or offering financial support or serving in a leadership role on boards and committees.
So tonight, as we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Rady Centre, we are paying tribute to a century’s worth of support by several generations of Winnipeggers.
Today the Rady Centre offers so much to so many people – a first-class fitness facility; programs for children and youth and seniors; concerts, film festivals, lectures and activities that bring together the Jewish community and the community at large.
So without the dedication of the Rady Centre’s many volunteers and benefactors, there would be a big void in the community and the cultural life of this city.
If Janice were here she’d thank each of you for saying yes to the opportunity to make life in our city and province better.
We’re glad you said yes to the invitation to celebrate the Rady Centre’s centennial. Enjoy this evening and let tonight’s good feelings inspire you into the Rady Centre’s second century.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.