The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – 5:00 p.m.
Lovers of beauty and grace, supporters of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, it’s a pleasure to help you celebrate a milestone anniversary in public support for the arts.
We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.
Together in this place where forest, prairies and water meet, we have built a province with a vibrant cultural community that has won renown around the world.
As members of the Women’s Committee of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and volunteers with the Things Antique and Gift Shop, you have helped to build one of Manitoba’s and Canada’s greatest cultural institutions.
I understand this year the shop celebrates its 50th anniversary, and in a few years the Women’s Committee will celebrate 70 years.
During those decades you, and the volunteers who came before you, have supported a ballet company that has consistently inspired audiences and advanced the art form.
Those great accomplishments – the international tours, the reimagined classics, the innovative new works – would not be possible without a substantial base of support.
You help to provide that so that the artistic minds at the RWB can focus on their art.
Ever since 1953, when the Royal Winnipeg Ballet received the first Royal charter granted by Her Majesty in the Commonwealth, the RWB has been the great, shining jewel of this city and this province.
Your work keeps it sparkling.
This year, as Canada celebrates its 150th anniversary of confederation, we’ll all be thinking of great accomplishments in our country’s history and of the people who made them possible.
And we’ll be thinking of the things we can do to ensure that Canada’s next 150 years build on all this progress and success. Those women and men who give their time to make their community a better and more vibrant place set an example for us all.
Thank you for your contributions to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and to building a city, province and country worth celebrating.