Remarks 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

Thursday, November 4, 2021

(Check against Delivery)


Protectors of life and supporters of a vital organization, it’s 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.

Here at Government House, as throughout Manitoba, 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.

I am so pleased to be able to join you in person for the Royal Lifesaving Society’s Rescue and Commonwealth Honour Awards.

We’re able to meet in person like this because so many Manitobans took action this year to protect the lives of others – by rolling up their sleeves and getting their vaccines.

So it’s appropriate that we’re celebrating lifesaving today. I’ve long known that Manitobans care about the well-being of others. You can see that in our friendly, vibrant and healthy communities.

The 19 individuals receiving lifesaving awards today represent caring that has resulted in action under the most urgent of situations. When a life was on the line, when a swimmer was in trouble or a boat was capsized or any other water emergency arose, these individuals rose to the occasion.

They pulled people from the water. They applied CPR. They called 911 and led first responders to the scene. And as a result, they saved lives.

But keeping our pools and beaches, our lakes and rivers safe doesn’t just require action in those urgent situations.

So today we are also recognizing the work of ten individuals who have provided exemplary service to the Royal Lifesaving Society. Their dedication as volunteers saves lives through prevention and preparedness.

A willingness to take action for others – whether as part of a planned volunteer commitment or in response to a cry for help – is the bedrock on which we have built a province of great communities.

To all of today’s award recipients, thank you for your compassion, your dedication and your leadership in the drive to make Manitoba a place we call all be proud to share.

Thank you, Merci, Meegwich.