The Honourable Janice Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Victoria Inn and Convention Centre
Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 6:00 p.m.
Fellow Canadians, members and family of Canada’s Armed Forces, supporters of the Military Family Resource Centre, thank you for the opportunity to join you in giving back to families that give so much to our country.
We are gathered here on Treaty One territory, on the traditional lands of the Anishinaabe and the homeland of the Métis people.
And we are gathered here to support the families of those who have dedicated themselves to protecting this land we share and all the people who live on it.
In my time as Lieutenant Governor, I have cherished the opportunity to get to know many members of Canada’s Armed Forces.
The uniformed aides who support the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, the men and women in uniform I meet at Remembrance Day ceremonies, Regimental dinners and other special occasions – all have given me insight into the powerful sense of dedication that inspires them.
Tonight, we remind ourselves that the challenge of serving our country is not only met by the men and women in uniform.
Their families carry burdens of absence and uncertainty that few outside the larger family of the Armed Forces will ever know.
And that is why this gala deserves to be such a red letter day – or perhaps a yellow letter day – on the social calendar of Manitobans.
Through its recreation, education and social programs and counselling and peer support activities, the Military Family Resource Centre is at the heart of the Armed Forces community.
This year, as the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, we will have many occasions to come together to celebrate the people, ideas and values that have made this country great.
Tonight, we are reminded that Canada’s military families share a sense of citizenship and responsibility and a family spirit of mutual support that represent our country at its very best.
To those families, we offer a nation’s gratitude and best wishes. And to those who work to support Canada’s military families we all wish continued success.
Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.