The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Friends, Manitobans, builders of a great community – it’s a pleasure for His Honour and I to join you today to celebrate a town that is a great place to come home to, even if when it’s not actually your home.
We are on Treaty One territory, the traditional land of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of our Metis people. And I acknowledge that the Anishinaabe and Metis people lived here long before this place became known at Teulon or Manitoba’s Interlake. And this region remains home to a large and vibrant Indigenous community.
As Manitobans, one of the things we love about our province is the powerful sense of community.
All across our province, we have cities and towns and neighbourhoods where people come together to help one another, to build for the future and to celebrate today.
It’s that spirit that makes places like Teulon special. That spirit turns summer weekends or winter curling bonspiels into impromptu homecomings and family reunions. It creates a special bond that connects Manitobans to hometowns even if life leads them far away.
That bond was already strong a century ago when residents came together to establish what was then the Village of Teulon.
The generation that founded the village had already done so much to build a community in the previous decades. They had built schools, a hospital, places of worship.
In the next century, they and their descendants supported each other through the Great Depression and the Second World War. They adapted to a changing world. They created jobs and built amenities and threw great parties – like this one.
None of that would have happened without individuals who stepped up and took responsibility to make their community better.
They took on the challenge to assess the needs of the community around them and to see what they could do to meet them. They inspired others to join them. They looked at what they’d accomplished and figured out ways to make it even better.
This year, as we celebrate a century of that kind of leadership here in Teulon, we’re also preparing to celebrate a century and a half of that across the Province of Manitoba.
So let’s have fun and reflect on the great communities we love and let’s pledge to continue that long tradition of leadership into the next century. Thank you and have a great weekend. Merci. Meegwich.