The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Thursday, March 9, 2017 – 5:00 p.m.
Friends, Manitobans, life savers and supporters of the Royal Life Saving Society, it’s a pleasure to welcome you to Government House to celebrate courage and commitment to others.
We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.
In building a province in this shared space, we have created institutions and values based on looking out for one another.
Tonight we celebrate both.
The Royal Life Saving Society is Canada’s organization of lifesaving experts. As the standard setter for life guard training and water safety, this organization works to ensure that Canada has trained professionals who can help to keep us safe on and near water.
But caring about the lives of others isn’t just a job for the professionals.
In a healthy society, we are all our brothers and sisters keepers.
It’s particularly important that we hold that value in a province like Manitoba, blessed with so many lakes and rivers. The rivers and lakes that add so much to quality of life in our province can pose a deadly threat – at a moment’s notice.
Adding to that urgency is diversity of our society. Many Manitobans have grown up in countries and communities where they didn’t have access to water safety training.
Tonight we will honour 19 Manitobans who came forward to help under a great variety of urgent situations.
We’ll honour people who have carried out rescues at beaches and swimming pools, on rivers and lakes and even ditches, on beautiful days and in icy conditions.
We’ll honour acts of bravery in northern and southern Manitoba and beyond Manitoba’s borders. And we’ll recognize the bravery and commitment of trained first responders and people who had to rely on their own knowledge and quick-thinking.
We will also recognize eight volunteers who have helped the Royal Life Saving Society to support water safety and training throughout our province.
All of tonight’s honorees have, through their actions, helped in the continuing project of building a caring, healthy province and nation.
Thank you all for your commitment and courage and congratulations on these richly deserved honours.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.