The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Canad Inns Club Regent Casino Hotel
Thursday, November 8, 2018 – 7:30 p.m.
Fellow Manitobans, protectors of life and livelihoods, members of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service family, I am happy to join you for this celebration of devotion to community.
We are gathered on Treaty One land, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Metis people.
Tonight we have come together to recognize members of the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service for long and exemplary service and for the dedication to take on new challenges and responsibilities.
Among the awards being bestowed tonight is the Fire Services Emergency Exemplary Service Medal. This is part of a national honours program established in 1985 to recognize service to the public in fields and situations involving the potential of personal risk.
Those receiving this medal, which is under the auspices of the Governor General of Canada, must have at least 20 years of experience and at least 10 of those in the kind of front-line environments where there is the potential for risk.
We will also honour individuals for long-service milestones and for accomplishments in advancing within the Fire Paramedic Service and other special achievements.
So tonight then we are recognizing hundreds and hundreds of years of service by individuals who have dedicated themselves to protecting others – at all times of day, in all kinds of weather, from fire and flood, from chemicals and smoke.
We are recognizing those who are on the scene first when danger strikes – responding to accidents and medical emergencies, facing the fear and uncertainty of loved ones – and those who work to prevent harm.
We live in uncertain times, made more frightening for many people by the fact news of every tragedy in the world is always only a mouse click away.
The children’s television star Mr. Rogers once advised his viewers that if they’re ever frightened by something, one way to feel better is to: “Look for the helpers.”
Seeing those people who dedicate themselves to others, he said, is something that can provide reassurance.
Tonight, there’s no need to go looking for the helpers. The helpers are all around us.
To all of tonight’s award recipients – and to all those at the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Services — thank you for your dedication, courage and long service to others.