December 31, 2020
We are pleased to join Mabel Louie in celebrating her long and successful career with CSFS! Mabel was involved in negotiating the creation of our organization with the Tribal Council in the late 1980’s and served as our CEO from 1994-1996. Her goal has always been to build community capacity, promote education skill development and develop and mentor staff. She has accomplished all of this and more.
Mabel’s long career of supporting CSFS Nations has also included time working for Saik’uz as their housing coordinator, serving as elected Chief for her Nation of Stellat’en in 1986, in addition to many other volunteer leadership positions and appointments.
At CSFS Mabel has been Instrumental in offering scholarships at UNBC to benefit community members, negotiating our Health Transfer agreement, and in starting the Healing the Healers program. Marilyn Janzen says that as a granddaughter of one of the first Healing the Healers elders, the program had significant impacts on her life. 20 years later, those impacts are now felt by her son, the great grandson of a survivor of residential school. Many more narratives can be found in the master’s thesis Learning from Healing the Healers, by Richard Gremm (1980) UNBC.
More than 20 years ago Mabel started negotiating for doctors in our communities. Now we see physicians in our communities who provide not only video health visits, but also home visits. We take our hats off to Mabel and thank her for her many years of service and wisdom, and wish her the very best as she embarks on her retirement!
Here is a tribute to Mabel that we shared at our 30th annual general assembly!
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