ROTARY CLUB OF WINNIPEG’S 64TH ANNUAL MODEL UNITED NATIONS ASSEMBLY (MUNA)

Video Remarks by

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

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Students, UN delegates, leaders in learning – welcome to an exciting two days of discovering your potential to learn, to think on your feet and to envision a better future.

It is my pleasure to join you virtually from the traditional land of the Anishinabe and Metis people – in a province enriched by a large and vibrant indigenous community.As participants in the 64th Rotary Club of Winnipeg Model United Nations Assembly, you carry on a tradition that dates back to 1957.

Some of the issues you will discuss during these next two days would have seemed like science fiction to past participants in this assembly.

But 64 years of model UN delegates would certainly recognize your curiosity, your work effort, your passion and your leadership – those are the attributes that brought you here today and that will allow you to get the most of this experience.

A passionate interest in the world and a willingness to take responsibility for it have always been the key to making a better future. So too has been the ability to put yourself in the shoes of others.

That is something special that this Model UN Assembly provides, as each of you learns to consider the issues you debate from many points of view. This assembly will give you the chance to build greater empathy, understanding and mental flexibility – and those are characteristics that can open doors for you, no matter your career plans.

Whether your goal in life is to address global challenges like those you will debate over the next two days, or to enhance some aspect of life just down the street from you, being able to understand different perspectives is an essential skill.

You will also make new friendships and connections with young people from other communities, provinces or even another country.

I hope this experience leaves you wanting more. I hope you will continue to seize every opportunity to collaborate with others to better understand the issues of our world and to work for solutions.

Your community, your country, and your world need you to keep on accepting the challenge of leadership.

I wish you an exhilarating, educational and maybe even exhausting time at the 64th Winnipeg Model United Nations Assembly.

Thank you.  Merci.  Meegwich.