Commonwealth Day Message from Her Majesty

Monday, Mar. 14, 2016
The theme of Her Majesty’s 2016 Commonwealth Day message is “An Inclusive Commonwealth.”  She states, “Being inclusive and accepting diversity goes far deeper than accepting differences at face value and being tolerant. True celebration of the dignity of each person, and the value of their uniqueness and
contribution, involves reaching out, recognising and embracing their individual identity.”
 
“At a time when our province and our nation are welcoming refugees from Syria, the message of inclusivity is most relevant,” said Lieutenant Governor Solomon Schofield.  “As Canada joins with our 52 partner nations to mark Commonwealth Day, we celebrate our shared values of peace, democracy, and equality, and reflect on how we can contribute further to creating a more inclusive world.”
 
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is Head of the Commonwealth.  Commonwealth Day is celebrated on the second Monday of March each year.  
 
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For more information contact:
 
Carolyn Speirs
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
Phone:  (306) 787-6460
Cell:  (306) 530-5430
email:  cspeirs@ltgov.sk.ca
 
Message from Her Majesty The Queen, Head of the Commonwealth
14 March 2016
 
Wherever we live in the Commonwealth, we can always benefit from being open to the ideas and
encouragement of those around us. Each of us can also make a positive difference in the lives of
others by being willing to contribute and offer support.
 
This is an essential ingredient of belonging to the Commonwealth: the willingness to share, to
exchange and to act for the common good. By including others, drawing on collective insights,
knowledge and resources, and thinking and working together, we lay the foundations of a
harmonious and progressive society. The greater the diversity of those included in such a shared
enterprise, the greater the gains. Each of us has cause to celebrate the sense of belonging
expressed in our 2016 theme: 'An Inclusive Commonwealth'.
 
Our recognition of this value, and the wisdom of mutual respect for each other, is set out in the
Commonwealth Charter. Its opening words, “We the people of the Commonwealth” convey the
conviction that individuals, as well as governments, build and shape our success.
 
Being inclusive and accepting diversity goes far deeper than accepting differences at face value and
being tolerant. True celebration of the dignity of each person, and the value of their uniqueness and
contribution, involves reaching out, recognising and embracing their individual identity.
 
At the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, there were forums for women, youth,
business and civil society. These forums were a place for reflection on how to contribute
collectively to achieving positive global change, for which the Commonwealth is widely respected.
 
Today, and in the year ahead, the theme 'An Inclusive Commonwealth' is an inspiration for us all.
Let us give it practical effect by supporting those in need and those who feel excluded in all walks
of life. By doing so, we will continue to build a truly representative Commonwealth community.
 

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