ST. JOHN AMBULANCE AWARDS AND INVESTITURE CEREMONY

Remarks by The Honourable Gary A. Filmon, P.C., O.C., O.M.

on behalf of The Honourable Janice C. Filmon, C.M., O.M., Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

 Tuesday, October 19, 2021

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Dear friends, volunteers and representatives of a storied institution – welcome to this celebration of community, compassion and convictions.

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.

One way of honouring this land is to commit to making it better for all the people who share it.

Many Canadians do that by giving their time and expertise to organizations like St John Ambulance that serve society. They also do that by looking out for people, and – sometimes at risk to their own safety – taking action to help those in need.

Tonight, we celebrate outstanding Manitobans who demonstrate care and compassion, citizenship and leadership.

Members of the St. John Ambulance family, who will be honoured for contributions to the goals and programs of the St. John Ambulance, join in a tradition of protecting and enhancing Canadian lives that goes back nearly 140 years.

Individuals receiving the St. John Ambulance Lifesaving Awards keep up a tradition at least as old as the story of the Good Samaritan. We applaud their quick thinking and courage.

All of the people being recognized today represent the values we hold closest to our hearts.

These values of caring, commitment and cooperation are an essential part of healthy communities throughout this country – in the biggest cities and the smallest villages, east and west, north and south.

That’s why I’m so pleased to have you here at  Government House, to celebrate you in-person –   surrounded by friends and family – for these well-deserved awards.

This building has welcomed generations of women and men who have built healthier, safer and more vibrant communities. So what better way to recognize great outstanding Manitobans than by gathering in this historic residence?

Whether you are being honoured for a lifetime of service, or for making a split-second decision that saved a life, know that your contributions are greatly valued, and you have made a difference.

Thank you     Merci     Meegwich