The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Grace Mennonite Church, Winkler
Saturday, August 10, 2019 – 8:30 a.m.
Friends, Manitobans, supporters of a great festival and builders of a great community – it’s a pleasure to join you for the Winkler Harvest Festival.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
I acknowledge that the Anishinaabe and Metis people lived here long before there were cities named Winkler or Morden or Winnipeg. And this province continues to be enriched by a large and vibrant Indigenous community.
One of the many delights of a Manitoba summer is the appreciation of the natural cycle of growth.
For city dwellers like me, and for anybody accustomed to shopping in a big grocery where everything is always in season, it’s easy to forget about the age-old cycle of planting and reaping.
So it’s a special pleasure to drive to Winkler past ripening fields of wheat and corn, canola and pulses and celebrate the harvest.
For many Manitobans this is still beach season – and no doubt many of us are hoping for another month of beach season.
But for those who live by nature’s cycles this is, or soon will be, as it says in the Book of Ecclesiastes: “A time to reap that which has been planted.”
All weekend, in concerts and multi-cultural performances, on the midway, and in special events all over Winkler, this festival is also “a time to laugh, a time to love, and a time to embrace.”
Just as the bounty of the harvest is only made possible by the hard work of planting, the joy of this festival is the harvest of months of planning and organizing.
The volunteers who make festivals like this possible also give their time to support their community and their province in countless other ways.
They make Manitoba a healthier, more prosperous, more exciting place for all of its people.
To all who make the Winkler Harvest Festival a time to celebrate, thank you. May you also reap great joy this weekend and throughout the year.