Remarks by
The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Government House
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.

Friends, Manitobans, believers in service to humanity – welcome to Government House and this celebration of dedication and action.

We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.

We’ve gathered today in a building that has been a landmark in Manitoba for 135 years.

In that time, the doors of Government House have opened for kings and queens, prime ministers, visiting heads of state and ambassadors.

And much more frequently, this residence has hosted gatherings of men and women and children who have demonstrated citizenship, diligence, courage, wisdom, and compassion. At volunteer awards, scholarship ceremonies, distinguished service awards and at this annual ceremony, the building has been the place where we honour Manitobans who make us proud.

We will have much to be proud of tonight, when we celebrate the many Manitobans receiving life-saving awards or being invested in or promoted within the Order of St. John for their exemplary service to the St. John Ambulance.

The essence of good citizenship can be seen in those people who have given their all to help another in a moment of great need. It can also be found in those who dedicate their time, their ideas and their energy to strengthen organizations like the St. John Ambulance.

In recognizing the good citizenship of tonight’s award recipients, we are carrying on a time-honoured tradition for Government House. And of course the St. John Ambulance itself has an even older tradition of service to others.

But even time-honoured traditions can stand to be improved, so I am pleased to see that tonight we will witness a new award focusing on excellence in workplace first aid – developed in partnership with SAFE Work Manitoba.

It is also a pleasure to be able to share this evening with Commissioner Nellie Kusugak of Nunavut. The need for the programs and services of the St. John Ambulance is not bounded by the 60th parallel or any other provincial or territorial border.

As Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba and a dame of the Order of St. John, I thank all of tonight’s award honorees for their service to others and I congratulate you on well-deserved recognition.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.