The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – 5:00 p.m.
Fellow Manitobans, mentors and supporters of young people, staff and friends of the Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg, welcome to Government House and this celebration of young people and those who care for them.
We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.
We’re also gathered on Valentine’s Day – the day we celebrate love.
On Valentine’s Day Romantic love – the kind of love the ancient Greeks called Eros – gets most of the attention, with all the focus on roses and chocolates and candlelit dinners.
But that’s not the only kind of love. There’s also the unconditional and protective love you feel for your family. There’s the warm but Platonic love you feel for your friends.
And then there’s the open-hearted love you feel for others – whether you know them personally or not – that inspires action to bring them happiness.
So today on Valentine’s Day, as we celebrate 40 years of the Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg, we celebrate that kind of open-hearted love.
As past or present leaders within the Boys and Girls Club, as supporters to and partners with the Club and its many programs, you express your love in a way that helps thousands of young people in all areas of Winnipeg.
At each of its 11 community locations, in the many programs that encourage leadership, offer learning opportunities, inspire creativity and build confidence, the Boys and Girls Club makes a difference in the lives of young Winnipeggers.
This organization that came to life 40 years ago because a group of Winnipeggers felt that young people needed an alternative to the streets.
It grew to its present form because many other people felt that young Winnipeggers needed fun and fitness, physical and creative challenges, social and educational opportunities and work experience.
In making all of that possible, each of you has demonstrated the kind of faith, hope and leadership that a healthy society needs.
Those of you who have visited Boys and Girls Club locations or met program participants have probably seen and heard how your leadership has made a difference.
But on this day dedicated to love, I suspect you’ve also discovered that the greatest impact is felt deep inside.
As Helen Keller said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or heard, but must be felt with the heart.”
Thank you for putting your hearts into action for the good of our city, our province and our young people.