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Lenora Pritchard Memorial

IN MEMORIAM: LENORA PRITCHARD
(September 20, 1967 - January 27, 2009)
Aboriginal Child Care Advisor, BCACCS

 

Lenora Pritchard (1967 – 2009)

 

Lenora Pritchard worked as an Aboriginal Child Care Advisor with the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society. She died in a tragic car accident on northern Vancouver Island in January of 2009. Lenora was Coast Salish, Tsimshian, and her father was Métis. She was a member of the Musqueam Indian Band in Vancouver. Lenora had a long working history as an Early Childhood Educator in Aboriginal communities throughout the province. She possessed a wealth of cultural knowledge and a deep commitment to communities, children and families. Lenora was also a proud member of the Northwest Coast First Nations dance group The Git Hayetsk Dancers: “People of the Copper Shield”. Lenora is survived by her mother, Heather Pritchard, her daughter, Alisa, as well as a large extended family. 

Lenora graduated from Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario with her Basic Early Childhood Education Diploma. She went on to receive her Special Needs and Infant Toddler Post-Basic Certificates from Northwest Community College in Terrace, BC. During her fifteen years of work in the field of Aboriginal Early Childhood Development (AECD), one of Lenora’s most memorable projects was the founding of a 32-seat Daycare for the Lake Babine Nation. She was very proud of her involvement in all aspects of the development of the child care centre.  
During her employment with the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society, Lenora travelled tirelessly throughout the province; presenting training workshops on various topics, including FASD, LEAP, Nobody’s Perfect, and Incorporating Cultural Curriculum into ECE programs.

Lenora’s passing is a great loss, not only to her own family and our agency, but also to the many communities and AECD programs that benefitted directly from her cultural wisdom and infectious enthusiasm for life. She is greatly missed.

On February 3, 2009, a beautiful memorial service was held for Lenora in Musqueam First Nation. Friends, family, relatives, colleagues, community leaders, early childhood professionals, Ministry representatives, Elders, Chiefs and matriarchs from all over the province came to bid farewell to Lenora Pritchard and to comfort her family. A heartfelt eulogy was delivered with much love and humour by Git Hayetsk Dancers leader Mike Dangeli and his fiancée Mique’l Askren.

On March 7, 2009, the Honourable Linda Reid, Minister of State for Childcare, presented Lenora’s family with a special memorial Child Care Award of Excellence in honour of Lenora’s outstanding contributions to quality early childhood development for the Aboriginal children and families of British Columbia. The BC Child Care Awards of Excellence are presented each year to individuals and groups in various categories, and now include the Lenora Pritchard Award of Excellence – “a legacy that continues to inspire.”

In memory of, and with profound gratitude for,
our beautiful colleague and friend.

 

Lenora on her birthday at BCACCS (2008)