The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
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Friends, neighbours, Manitobans, volunteers: welcome to this celebration of love for one’s community and one’s province.
As a lifelong Manitoban, I have many reasons to love this province. It’s where my family lives. It’s where my friends live. It holds my most precious memories and favourite landscapes.
This beautiful home, and the land it sits on, is the setting of two crucial steps toward equitably sharing this beautiful, vast and richly endowed country – the signing of Treaty One between Canada and representatives of the Anishinaabe and the actions of the Red River Metis to protect their homeland that led to the creation of this province.
Manitoba is also a province filled with women and men of all ages who are dedicated to creating a better future for everyone by committing to collective healing and true reconciliation– and thats something we all love about this province.
Today, I’m delighted to join with Volunteer Manitoba in recognizing three outstanding Manitobans who have identified needs in their community and then taken steps to meet those needs – including motivating others to join them in volunteering.
These three Manitobans join an illustrious group of volunteers who have received the Lieutenant Governor’s awards since this program was established in 2000 by then Lieutenant Governor, The Honourable Peter Liba.
Recipients of this award may be long-term volunteers with many years of dedication to the community — people who have for decades been at the centre of the action when a crisis has developed or an opportunity for improvement has arisen.
They may be new to community service: young vibrant Manitobans who are bursting with all the energy and creativity of youth, and are ready to do whatever it takes to effect real change.
They may be involved in schools or faith organizations or any of thousands of not-for-profit organizations across our province. What today’s recipients share is their desire to do the hard work to make our communities safer, healthier, and more equitable. They are building a better future for us all
The volunteer achievements of today’s award recipients – Al Braun, Daniel Hidalgo, and Divya Sharma – illustrate the countless ways in which Manitobans contribute to their community.
These three volunteers are being recognized in a year when we are commemorating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee – the 70th anniversary of the beginning of Her Majesty’s reign.
Throughout this year, we have been marking this anniversary by celebrating the spirit of community leadership that Her Majesty has encouraged and embodied throughout her reign – especially during her many visits to Canada.
Al, Daniel, Divya – thank you for the leadership you have demonstrated and inspired in others.
May you and the hundreds of thousands of other Manitobans who give their time to help, find true joy and profound satisfaction in a worthwhile job done well.
Thank you, Merci, Meegwich