UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF THE NORTH – 2021 CONVOCATION

Video Remarks by

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

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

Saturday, July 24, 2021

 Students, faculty and members of the University College of the North family – I am delighted to join you in celebrating the dedication and accomplishments of the class of 2021.

I bring warm greetings to you from Treaty One land here in Winnipeg, at the meeting of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. Welcome to students and faculty members participating from Treaty Five and Treaty Four land on traditional territory of the Cree, Anishinaabe, Dene and Metis people.

Many paths have led to this convocation today.

Your personal life experiences are as varied as the vast region you call home. Your educational experiences are equally varied.

What you share is commitment to and passion for your community, and the resilience and determination that are essential to life in Northern Manitoba.

The many diverse programs offered through UCN have opened the door for each of you to acquire so many different kinds of knowledge over the course of your studies. You’ve worked hard to develop specialized career skills, academic skills in learning and research, skills in co-operation and teamwork.

Your perseverance and hard work have brought you to this day. Today is a celebration for you and your families. Be proud of all you have accomplished, and know that your education is the foundation of so many great things still to come.

At this time, it is my absolute pleasure to congratulate the recipients of this year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Medals.

These awards recognize graduates whose hard work has led to exceptional achievement in the classroom and who combine that academic achievement with dedication to others, volunteer commitment, and a supportive, friendly attitude.

Through their leadership, this year’s recipients have inspired their classmates and instructors alike to always strive for excellence.

The recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Gold Medal for University Programs is Sarah Loewen (Low – wen)  graduating with a Bachelor of Education. The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. Congratulations Sarah.

The recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal for Diploma Programs is Jessie Stener (Stenn – er) graduating with a diploma in Practical Nursing. Nurses are the heart of healthcare. Congratulations Jessie.

Remember to spread joy as you embark on the next exciting chapter of your lives, sharing your knowledge and experience through your respective career paths, and truly making a difference.

To all of this year’s graduates, your time spent at UCN will enable you to establish a career and carve out a life – wherever that life takes you. Your story is just beginning to unfold.

Dream Big. Live with intention. Never stop learning. Be kind. Lift others up. You have the power to change the world.

Savour this moment. Today is your day. I wish you every success as you take those first steps into a future of endless possibilities.

Thank you.   Merci.  Meegwich.