UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA ALUMNI ASSOCIATION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Video Remarks by

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

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

 Wednesday, September 30, 2020

 

Friends far and wide, fellow graduates of a great university, welcome to an Alumni Association meeting like no other.

It’s a pleasure to join you electronically from the traditional land of the Anishinaabe and Metis people – in a province enriched by a large and vibrant Indigenous community.

Over the last six months we have all learned new ways of living, new ways of connecting with our world and the people who matter to us.

We’ve all had to adapt, be resilient and flexible and find opportunities amid the challenges.

And so here we all are, missing out on the chance for a face-to-face gathering with old and new friends and missing the sights and sounds of the campus that was our intellectual and social home for a number of formative years in our lives.

And though, of course, that is a loss, we also have the opportunity to connect today in a way that we normally could not. This year, we can send out a little piece of the University of Manitoba to all of the nearly 150,000 U of M graduates living in some 140 countries.

Adaptability, resilience, creative problem solving – these surely are among the most important characteristics that we developed in our years at the University of Manitoba.

For those of you who are new graduates, this has of course been a challenging six months.

You’ve dealt with a campus shutdown just before your final exams. You’ve graduated just in time for global economic turmoil. Even plans to celebrate this important milestone in your lives have been upended.

But I am confident that your University of Manitoba experience prepared you for those challenges – just as the U of M prepared previous generations for rapid political, economic, social and technological change.

Those experiences have also prepared you for leadership roles in society – in your chosen field of endeavour, in your community, in your world.

Remaining involved with your university – whether you graduated last year or last century – will provide you with ongoing opportunities for learning, for friendship and for giving back.

My hope is – you would make that choice.  Thank you.  Merci.  Meegwich.