Manitoba Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

The Honourable Anita R. Neville, P.C., O.M.

Grace Hospital Gala

Remarks by

The Honourable Anita Neville, P.C., O.M.

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba


Victoria Inn

Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 6:00 p.m.

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Friends of health care and a family of great Winnipeggers, it’s a pleasure to join you tonight in support of the Grace Hospital Foundation.

As Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, I acknowledge and honour that we are gathered in the heart of Treaty One Territory and the heartland of the Red River Metis.

As residents of a diverse province that is the ancestral and present-day home of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Dakota, Dene, Inuit and Metis, we have an obligation to work for a healthier future for all Manitobans.

To do that, we will listen and learn, advance our understanding, and work to create opportunities for all.

Few fields see such rapid advancement as health care. New technologies and medications for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness are rapidly evolving, almost daily, changing every aspect of health care delivery.

But its core is still compassion and empathy.

It is those core values that propelled the Salvation Army to establish the Grace Hospital nearly 120 years ago – before penicillin, before insulin, and at a time when people in Winnipeg were still dying of typhoid from drinking Red River water.

Improvements since then have been the product of countless health professionals and scientists working around the world.

They have also been made possible by the steadfast support of people who are passionate about improving outcomes for all – citizens who have supported health care and research and donors who have contributed funds to enhance research and care.

Bob and Cathy Tallman, the Tallman Family, the Princess Auto Foundation and Trans Canada Brewing have been great supporters of this hospital – and of the community at large. As supporters of health, education and culture, and creators of prosperity and opportunity – the Tallman family and their businesses have improved life for many Manitobans.

As Lieutenant Governor, I’m also especially pleased that the honour they are receiving is the Pearl McGonigal Award.

As a great supporter of the Grace Hospital, a voice for St. James-Assiniboia, and Manitoba’s first woman Lieutenant Governor, Pearl McGonigal has spent a lifetime making this city and province a better place to live.

Congratulations Bob and Cathy, and the entire Tallman family. Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do for the greater good.

This recognition, this celebration is so well deserved.

And to all who support the Grace Hospital Foundation and who made this wonderful evening possible, thank you for continuing the Grace’s 120 years of caring.

Enjoy the evening.

Thank you. Merci. Meegwich.