WINNIPEG – Manitoba has a new Lieutenant-Governor.
Janice Filmon, a social worker and the spouse of former Manitoba Premier Gary Filmon, was appointed to the vice-regal post, the prime minister’s office announced Thursday.
Filmon replaces Philip Lee who has served as the Queen’s rep in Manitoba since 2009.
In a news release, Prime Minister Stephen Harper praised Filmon for her involvement in the community charity work and for being “a champion of health care and education.” Filmon is the chair of the CancerCare Manitoba Foundation and founding chair of the student volunteer program “A.L.I.V.E.” (A Leadership Initiative in Voluntary Efforts).
Filmon was appointed to the Order of Canada as a Member in 2012. She was honoured because of her extensive voluntary service and contributions to Manitoba society.
Lieutenant-Governors are appointed by the Governor General on the recommendation of the Prime Minister.