Gladue enters her first term and Ghostkeeper starts his fourth
Having had her time in various roles around the Slave Lake area, Florence Gladue thought it was time to try her hand as a school board trustee for Living Waters.
She and Darrell Ghostkeeper (who The Leader wasn’t able to connect with) will be working together for the next four years.
“I ran because I want to make a difference in children’s lives,” Gladue says. “One of the main areas I want to be a part of is getting an updated curriculum in the schools for Aboriginal studies and Truth and Reconciliation. I want to share my expertise and knowledge.”
Gladue has been involved with several different organizations in town, including The Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre, the Youth Justice Committee, and the Aboriginal Cultural Day Committee, FASD network and sat on the board of her Catholic parish.
“I’ve been busy!” she says. “I’ve been working with Northern Lakes College since 2006 as a life skills facilitator. I go around and teach personal development, life enhancement, and employment preparation and communication skills.”
Gladue adds, “I’m supposed to be retired! But this is what happens when you love what you do. Education is important and if I could tell the students one thing it is that I’m caring, honest and open to hearing their concerns.”
According to Gladue, she, Ghostkeeper and other trustees will be meeting down in Whitecourt sometime this month and ‘will be getting down to business then.’