I would introduce you to our honorary Clan Chieftain of the 52nd Annual Manitoba Highland Gathering. You will be meeting him at muster on June 23, at the front doors of the East Selkirk 11:45. The “D” Division RCMP Pipes and Drums of Manitoba will be joining our parade along with our house band the Prairie Community Youth School of Pipes and Drums. The RCMP pipes and drums will be playing the tribute to the Chief.
Dwight MacAulay, CVO
Dwight MacAulay is the recently retired Chief of Protocol for the Government of Manitoba and has also served as the Chief of Protocol for the Government of South Australia from 2006-08.
A native of Killarney, Manitoba, he attended Brandon University (Science) followed by a career in radio and television news broadcasting before joining the Manitoba Government in 1980.
Since joining the Manitoba government he has served as Director of Radio and Television Services and Director of Information Services which handled all government news releases, news conferences and radio and television services. In addition he was also Director of the Citizens’ Inquiry Services, a public information easy-access service.
In 1998 he was selected to be the Chief of Protocol for the Government of Manitoba. As Chief of Protocol he has organized and worked on several Royal visits – including those of Her Majesty The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, Prince Edward, The Duchess of York (Sarah Ferguson) and several additional members of the Royal family including Lord and Lady Selkirk, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and also a Royal visit by the King and Queen of Sweden.
He has also played a key organizational role with respect to many premiers’ conferences and ministerial conferences and has played a key planning, organizational and implementation role on several international trade missions to such nations as the United States, China, Philippines, India, Iceland, France, England, Belgium and Australia.
In September of 2002, he was honoured with the Governor General’s Golden Jubilee Medal in honour of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Later that same year, on October 9, 2002, he was invested as a Lieutenant in the Royal Victorian Order (LVO) by Her Majesty The Queen when She visited Manitoba as part of the Golden Jubilee Visit to Canada. Dwight was, and is, the only person in the history of the province to ever receive this honour.
Eight years later, on July 3, 2010, The Queen elevated Dwight to the position of Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) — once again making him the only Manitoban to ever receive such an honour . The CVO is the highest possible rank attainable in Canada in the Royal Victorian Order.
In the summer of 2010, Dwight was asked to serve on a national committee to map-out and coordinate Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012 and he also co-chaired the Manitoba provincial strategy and response for the Jubilee celebrations. In April 2012 he was awarded The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Canadian Private Secretary to The Queen.
In addition, Dwight has played a key role in other events such as the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Selkirk Settlers and securing debris from the World Trade Centre in New York City in order to establish a 9-11 Memorial at the International Peace Garden.
As Chief of Protocol, Dwight served as Secretary to the Order of Manitoba Advisory Council (Manitoba’s highest honour) and was a key advisor to the Premier with respect to The Order of the Buffalo Hunt (another honour frequently awarded to international guests or visitors to the province who would not qualify for the Order of Manitoba).
In October 2012 he was selected to be a presiding officer for various Citizenship Courts and has sworn in close to 10,000 new Canadians throughout the past six years .
In 2015 Dwight was selected to serve on a national committee to revamp and redesign protocol standards for all protocol offices within Canada.
With regard to volunteer activities, he is currently the President of the Winnipeg Press Club (the oldest Press Club in Canada and third oldest in the world), Vice President of the Manitoba Chapter of the Royal Commonwealth Society and serves on the board of the St. Andrew’s Society, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Children’s Hospital Foundation, the St. John’s Ambulance, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and the Mantioba Music Experience. He also serves on the Senate of the Fort Garry Horse regiment and was recently elected to be President of the Manitoba Intrepid Society.