Manitoba Lieutenant Governor

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba

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

Manitoba High Schools Athletic Association Scholar Athlete Awards

Remarks by

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

Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba


Government House

Friday, June 23, 2023, noon

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Friends, Manitobans – welcome to Government House and this celebration of learning with the mind, body and spirit.

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

This beautiful and diverse province is also the ancestral and the present-day home of the Anishinaabe, Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples.

I also recognize that northern Manitoba includes lands that were, and are, the ancestral lands of the Inuit.

Together, we will continue to work to hear truths, and to advance understanding, opportunity, and healing for all.

All of our hopes for a better future, for a world that meets the challenges to come and that advances prosperity, justice, health and understanding depend on the passion of young people to learn and work together.

The future will require teamwork, determination and a willingness to learn from mistakes.

Those are precisely the characteristics that sports can teach. That is why high school athletics have long been considered an important addition to the learning experiences of the classroom, lab and library.

The annual Manitoba Credit Unions Scholar Athlete Awards recognize the many ways that the lessons learned in formal education can be enhanced by those learned on hardwood, ice and turf.

The best classroom teachers inspire students to analyze their work to see why they aren’t getting the right answer. They encourage students to use their creativity and ask “what if?” They motivate students to put in the time to master challenging skills.

And the best coaches – often teachers themselves – do the same things.

Today’s awards recognize students who have excelled in both of these overlapping kinds of learning. To be eligible for these awards a student must maintain a minimum of an 85 per cent academic average while participating in at least two sports, and many of them to a great deal more than that – with school leadership and volunteer commitments added to the mix.

Over the years, going back to my time as a school board trustee, it has been my pleasure and privilege to meet many talented Manitoba students, to feel their passion to learn and witness the pride on the faces of their families. Days like today always fill observers with hope and optimism for a new generation.

To each of today’s award recipients: congratulations on this achievement and may you continue to put your minds and bodies, your curiosity and your energy into discovering new skills, ideas and experiences.

Thank you. Merci… Meegwich