Lieutenant Governor Reads to Grade 4 Students
The Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, The Honourable Janice C. Filmon, C.M., O.M. visited Elmdale school today where she read to a class of Grade 4 students for “I Love to Read” month. Her Honour read from the children’s book “Meet Viola Desmond.”
The Lieutenant Governor also presented the Metis Education Kit to Principal Vince Hiebert and Grade 4 Teacher Bethany Drewlo. Teresa Byrne of the Louis Riel Institute also attended the event and participated in the presentation.
About Viola Desmond
Viola Desmond was an entrepreneur and trailblazer for racial equality in Canada. On a rainy November day in 1946, Viola decided that she would not give up her seat in the unofficial white section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Viola knew she was being asked to move because she was black. She was jailed, tried and found guilty of an unfair charge. But Viola and her supporters persisted in their campaign for social justice — all the way to Nova Scotia’s Supreme Court. Viola is pictured on the new Canadian $10 bill.