Well known teacher and community activist Florence Gladue has been honoured with the 2017 Esquao Award in Lifetime Achievement. The award was presented April 28 at a ceremony in Edmonton.
Here’s (part of) what the announcement by the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (the Esquao sponsor) said about Gladue’s nomination:
“Anyone that knows Florence will say that her passion for helping people was not restricted to teaching – she also supports her community and indigenous people by volunteering with the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre, FASD High Prairie Committee, Native Counselling in Slave Lake, and the National Aboriginal Committee in Slave Lake and acted as chairperson for Child and Family Services. As a teacher she thought nothing of travelling across northern Alberta to deliver the life skills program in remote communities.”
The release goes on to say, “Many of Florence’s students have gone on to university or back to their respective communities to raise their families. Others have gone on to help others in their community. Florence’s success is directly related to the caring, love, laughter and respect that her students display, and this is immeasurable.”