ST. JOHN AMBULANCE GALA

Remarks by

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

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Friday, September 17, 2021

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Builders, staff and volunteers of a great Canadian institution – it’s an honour to join you in person for this celebration of a vision that has come to life.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to this wonderful new regional headquarters and training centre here – in the heart of Treaty One land, the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe, and the homeland of the Metis people.

Together, 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.

For some of us, tonight is our first glimpse of a facility that represents the culmination of decades of hoping, dreaming, planning and building.

On occasions like this, when I get to see a dream become reality, I like to imagine what went on behind the scenes to make things possible.

People had to identify a need and define a solution. They had to figure out who would be served and how. They had to sharpen their pencils and calculate costs.

Then they had to set out and raise funds, meet potential donors, write proposals, recruit volunteers and allies, and inspire others with their vision.

Many different people had to come forward and offer their creativity, passion, and a myriad of other talents to get us to this day.

One thing they all contributed was leadership.

Each individual who played a role in bringing this training centre to be, stepped forward and made the choice to make something positive come to life, for the benefit of their community.

Each person took responsibility to enhance the St John Ambulance, and by doing so, the health and safety of the people of Manitoba, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Leadership is action, not position.

Your volunteers and staff have been leaders in education, safety and health from day one. By teaching first aid or providing it at events, by brightening lives through your therapy dog program, or by helping the St John Ambulance thrive and grow, they bring to life a dream of caring and public service that benefits all who may need it.

So while we celebrate this building tonight, and the leadership that saw this vision come to life, I celebrate also the spirit of the people behind it, and the choice each one made to be a part of this wonderful team.

Congratulations and thank you dreaming big.

Thank you     Merci     Meegwich