The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
Fellow Manitobans, builders of prosperity and opportunity, members and friends of the Ukrainian Professional and Business Club of Winnipeg, welcome to Government House and this celebration of 75 years of community leadership.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
Here at Government House, we regularly have the pleasure of celebrating community leadership and citizenship.
We have the opportunity to see the many community volunteers and volunteer-run organizations that do so much to make Manitoba the province we all love.
So it’s a pleasure to welcome you to Government House as you celebrate this milestone anniversary – 75 years of bringing together the Ukrainian community to support important local, provincial and international causes.
A great deal has happened since this organization was founded at a time when Ukraine was doubly occupied and a battlefield contested by the armies of the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.
Here in Manitoba, members of the first wave of Ukrainian immigration were still alive – and some of them and their children were among your founders.
Over the years, supporting efforts to maintain and celebrate Ukrainian language and culture became an important part of your organization’s work.
And today, we owe the existence of Ukrainian bilingual education in large part to your efforts.
When Ukraine emerged as an independent nation, your organization stepped up to support humanitarian aid – and helped to build the close international relationship that now exists between Canada and Ukraine.
These efforts have required dedication by generations of volunteers.
For 75 years, members of the Ukrainian Professional and Business Club of Winnipeg have believed in the importance of supporting education, culture and international friendship. But more importantly, they have been committed to acting on those beliefs.
Tonight, we celebrate not just the great results of all your work, but 75 years of willingness to accept a challenge, roll up your sleeves and work for a better Manitoba.
Congratulations on this milestone anniversary and thank you to all who made it possible.