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Celebration of Operation Beaver

on Sat, 07/05/2014 - 16:47

 

 


On Thursday June 26th, Frontiers Foundation celebrated the 50th anniversary of its Operation Beaver program with a breakfast held at the Flora McCrea Auditorium of Timothy Eaton Memorial Church, Toronto.

 

 

 

From our very first project in Split Lake, Manitoba back in 1964, volunteer participation has always been a cornerstone of Operation Beaver. We were quite happy to see one of our very first volunteers Paul Maclean managed to be among the one hundred people who gathered at this annual event.

 

(FF President Lawrence Gladue with Iolene Bjorna from Batchawana Bay, Ontario and author James Bacque)

 

The breakfast began at 7:45 a.m. as President Lawrence Gladue welcomed guests and introduced the MC for the day Jane Dawson, a member of Innu First Nation and current Board member of New Frontiers Aboriginal Residential Corporation, who introduced the head table: Olivia Chow, Lawrence Gladue, Barbara Catto and Rev. Andrew Sterling. Well respected Elder George Bruce said a native prayer and before the buffet breakfast was served, Rev. Sterling said grace.

 

 

Toronto Mayoral candidate and Keynote Speaker Olivia Chow, spoke passionately about the work of Frontiers Foundation addressing the issue of affordable housing across Canada. She pointed out how Frontiers Foundation has dealt with the real causes of poverty and homelessness. She singled out the Founder of FF Rev. Dr. Charles Catto who on March 1, 2012 went to Parliament Hill during a snow storm to voice the plight of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples. Like Charles, Olivia was critical of the purchase of F-35 at the cost of 40 billion dollars that should instead be spent on affordable housing; she mentioned that the Globe & Mail recently announced that purchase of these deadly crafts was suspended at last.

 

(Guest Speaker Olivia Chow with AMIK housing manager Oriana Lessard and FF Executive Director Marco A. Guzman)

 

Executive Director Marco A. Guzman indicated that out of 15 Operation Beaver volunteers we had an outstanding volunteer from Ontario, Adrienne Talbot, who will be returning to Inuvik, NWT for the fourth time this September. Adrienne is our Volunteer of the Year, Guzman said, and showed the award to be sent. He also paid a special homage to the Founder of Frontiers Foundation / Operation Beaver Rev. Dr. Charles Catto as a preacher of truth and paid tribute to his widow Barbara to a clamorous applause.

 

President Lawrence Gladue thanked TEMC for hosting the venue and those who prepared the breakfast and particularly Iolene Bjornaa, her son Joseph and nephew Seth who brought and prepared  the fresh fish all the way from Batchawana Bay, Ontario.

 

 

 

(Suzanne Jones and Louise Da Re, FF 2015 Rally participants)

 

A Gala event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Operation Beaver is being planned for this October; kindly contact head office for further details.