Video Remarks by
The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Friday, June 4, 2021
Members and friends of Winnipeg Police Service Recruit Class 164 – it’s an honour to join you in spirit as you celebrate your dedication to your community, your country and your values.
It is my pleasure to join you virtually from Government House, located in the heart of Winnipeg on the traditional land of the Anishinabe and Metis people – in a province enriched by a large and vibrant indigenous community.
Today each of you is celebrating the successful completion of a long and demanding journey to reach the starting point of your new career.
You’ve been through interviews and assessments and a physical fitness test that’s exhausting even to read about. And all of that just to start a challenging 36 weeks of field and classroom training.
So I want to salute your determination to acquire new knowledge and develop new competencies. But even more, I applaud you on the choices you’ve made.
You have chosen to dedicate your careers to serving and protecting your fellow Manitobans. You have pledged yourself to the Winnipeg Police Service’s values of integrity, respect, citizenship, community, accountability and courage.
The choices we make tell us who we truly are as people. Do you choose to make the effort to get things right? Do you choose to consider the rights and needs of others in your actions? Do you say “yes” when the opportunity presents itself to better the world around you?
You have said “yes” – loud and clear – in your choice of career. And in the years ahead, you’ll have the chance to say that on a daily basis, both on the job and in your home and community life.
I wish each of you a safe, satisfying and successful career in policing. May the feelings of pride and fulfilment you enjoy today inspire you tomorrow and for all your tomorrows to come.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.