The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Fort Garry Hotel
Thursday, July 7, 2022
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Builders of international understanding, members of Rotary International, friends, thank you for this opportunity to celebrate a milestone in the history of an organization that is close to the heart of this city and province.
It is my special pleasure to welcome you today in the heart of Winnipeg – here on Treaty One land, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, and the homeland of the Metis people. We strive here 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.
Manitobans are proud of our province’s history as a place that has brought people together.
From the millennia when the Forks of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers was a meeting place, to Manitoba’s entry into Confederation as the first province in western Canada, to the building of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, this is a place where men and women have worked and built and shared together.
And of course we’re proud that part of that history was the establishment of the first Rotary chapter outside the United States – making Rotary an international movement.
So we are pleased to be able to greet Jennifer Jones, the Canadian who is the first woman president of Rotary International, as part of this cross-Canada tour.
Jennifer, it seems fitting to me that we are celebrating your achievement with Rotary International during the year of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – the 70th anniversary of the beginning of Her Majesty’s reign. One of the key themes of the Platinum Jubilee is the community service and leadership that the Queen has recognized throughout those seven decades – including during her many tours of Canada.
Rotary has fostered those values in Canada for well over a century. Today, those values come to life in programs supporting education, health, women’s empowerment, economic opportunity and environmental protection. In communities around the world, Rotary members give their time, provide their insights, and exercise their creative problem-solving skills to bring about a better world.
And I have no doubt, Jennifer, that you will inspire greater diversity of leadership and motivate a new generation to assume these responsibilities in the year ahead as you take on your presidency.
Congratulations Jennifer, and to all who make the good work of Rotary International possible.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.