Video Remarks by

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

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

October 9, 2021

Recruits, mentors, members of the Winnipeg Police Service, believers in public service and community safety, welcome to this celebration of commitment to others.

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.

It is always an honour to meet new Winnipeg Police Service recruit classes as they begin their careers serving their community.

While I can’t be there in person today, I hope that my gratitude at the choice you’ve made and my encouragement of your goals and hopes come through loud and clear.

You have made the choice to serve with the Winnipeg Police Service at a time when we have all seen how the unexpected can force us to adapt and innovate and can require new levels of understanding and empathy.

This won’t be the last time in your careers when you’ll be responding to change.

You have also chosen this career at a time when society is expecting more than ever before from the police.

As ever, you will be expected to respond quickly, at all hours, with courage and professionalism. But today you go out into a world where the complicated connections between education, wealth, mental and physical health, tolerance and understanding, and crime and social disturbance are clearer than ever.

And you go out into a world where you will be under greater scrutiny than ever before.

That you have chosen to take on these challenges – challenges that will require the best of you every day – is very much to your credit.

I salute your dedication to your fellow men and women, to your fellow Winnipeggers and to the values of the Winnipeg Police Service.

Congratulations and may you find an exciting challenge, great colleagues and a community that values the work you do.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.