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December 20, 2021

Message from CEO & Managing Partner & Holiday Hours

Season's Greetings,

At this time last year, I remember saying that it had been a year like no other. I think we all felt then that we had experienced and endured things that were a once-in-a-lifetime challenge.

And then came 2021. From the disappointment of the holiday lockdowns that carried into the new year to the hope and joy brought from vaccines that allowed us to get back to some normalcy, and more recently, the exhaustion and uncertainty from yet another wave triggered by a new variant, suffice to say that this past year has taken us on an emotional roller coaster.

But once again, our team rose to the challenges and I have never been more proud of our firm and our people. The support shown to one another and to all of our valued clients who have needed us like never before has been truly inspiring. Whatever challenges may continue to come our way in this fourth wave and beyond, I am more confident than ever that we will continue to adapt and thrive.

The practice of law today doesn’t look much like it did before the pandemic and certainly not at all like it did when I first started managing the firm. However, what remains constant is our team's unwavering commitment as we find new ways to be there for our clients in extraordinary circumstances.

Giving back to the community has always been a part of Fillmore Riley’s culture. In 2021, we again participated in the Winnipeg Humane Society’s virtual Paws in Motion and CancerCare Manitoba’s virtual Challenge for Life. For a brief period in the fall, we were able to resume in-person attendance at events like the IDEA Dinner and Royal MTC Black and White gala.

I am proud to report that we surpassed our fundraising goal for our internal United Way campaign. We recently donated to Siloam Mission to help the most vulnerable make it through winter. On Christmas Day, clients of Siloam Mission will open gifts containing backpacks full of the essentials they need to survive winter on the streets of Winnipeg. Even though we have not always been able to gather as a team, we again united in spirit to make a difference in the lives of Manitobans. Supporting our clients and our community is a large part of who we are.

As we enter this holiday season, I hope we can all take time to thank and show our love to everyone in our lives — our families and friends, our clients, our colleagues and those in the community who do so much for us. I urge everyone to be extra kind to our healthcare and other essential service workers who continue to give their all in the most trying of circumstances. We thank all courageous Manitobans who are exposed to risk on the frontlines and all those who continue to provide essential services.

We wish you health, peace and prosperity in 2022.

Glen Peters, CEO & Managing Partner

Please be advised that our office will be closed on the following days:

December 24 at noon
December 27
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December 31 at noon
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