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

Government House
Thursday, November 22, 2018 – 5:00 p.m.

Builders of opportunity and hope, supporters and friends of Thrive Community Support Circle – welcome to Government House for this celebration of caring and community.

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

Today we are meeting in a building that has been a gathering place for Manitoba for 135 years.

In that time the doors of Government House have opened for kings and queens, prime ministers and foreign heads of state. And most importantly, this building has been a meeting place for Manitobans – a place where we recognize dreamers and builders, volunteers and leaders of all ages.

I’m delighted to add to the many builders of community who have been celebrated in Government House the friends and supporters of Thrive Community Support Circle.

Back in 1973, when Louise Adams first began operating a crisis pregnancy line out of a private home, the amalgamation of the city of Winnipeg was still very recent.

People from Charleswood and Transcona, from St. Vital and the Kildonans were still just getting used to the idea that they were all Winnipeggers.

The circle of the city had been widened.

Over the years, as Thrive has expanded into a multi-service agency with four sites, supporting more than 10,000 families, you have widened the circle of our city and our province.

You have worked to make more room for everybody, to help families, children, and adults find a place in this community.

Through pre- and post-natal programs, parenting programs, child care, support groups, a resource centre and a variety of fun and educational events, you help thousands of people not just to cope or get by but to thrive.

Some of you may recall hearing Johnny Cash and June Carter ask in their version of an old spiritual: “Will the circle be unbroken?’

For 45 years you have shown us that, with caring and dedication, with hope and love in your hearts, the answer will always be “Yes.”

Congratulations on this anniversary and thank you for all you have done for our city and province.

Merci. Meegwich.