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Carry the Kettle First Nation members mourn loss of "beautiful soul" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Joel Willick   
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 10:28

Lynda Francis. Photo courtesy Facebook.

The community of Carry the Kettle First Nation is mourning the loss of someone many have described as a kokum and auntie to everyone.

Several people have taken to social media to pour out their love and admiration for Lynda Francis, who tragically passed away after a car accident earlier this week.

Many described Francs is a "beautiful soul" and a "pillar of the community." She sat on several boards on the reserve.

"My Aunt Lynda Francis touched the lives of many," wrote Nellie Iron Quill on her Facebook page. "She always took the time to take to you, encourage you and inspire you -- going to miss her dearly."

"My community, relatives and friends mourn a beautiful soul," wrote Desaraw Eashappie in another Facebook post.

The 69-year-old passed away after a single vehicle accident south of Aylesbury on Monday afternoon. The 66-year-old male driver was transported to hospital as well.

The RCMP continue to investigate the collision.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 10:32
Saskatoon MLA Roger Parent passes away PDF Print E-mail
Written by Manfred Joehnck   
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 09:17

Photo courtesy the Government of Saskatchewan.

A draped chair, flowers on the desk and a photo of 63-year-old Roger Parent and his wife has been set up in the Saskatchewan Legislative Chamber in honour of the Metis member who died suddenly last night after a recent diagnosis of cancer.

Parent has been a Saskatchewan Party  MLA since 2011 when he was elected in Saskatoon.

Before that, he acted as a consultant for many organizations that helped set up Aboriginal businesses. He also worked with the homeless and was a member of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan.

Premier Brad Wall says his death is a huge shock.

Parent continued his work in the assembly through much of the fall sitting and only learned he had cancer in the past couple of weeks.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 11:19
Northern broadcasters remember Barrie Ward PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Provost   
Wednesday, 30 November 2016 07:23

Barrie Ward. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

A funeral will be held today for a man credited with training hundreds of Aboriginal broadcasters.

Longtime Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation advisor and director of research Barrie Ward passed away suddenly in his Weldon home last week.

For 28 years, Ward advised MBC's CEOs and wrote and researched all of its major corporate documents. He also organized the corporation's first news and sales departments, developed its first programming schedule and provided the blueprint for MBC’s provincial radio network expansion.

He even found time to co-host live programming and lend his voice to other on-air segments.

Former MBC CEO Robert Merasty says Ward's expertise was crucial when the corporation was in its infancy in the mid-1980's.

"Missinipi Broadcasting is such a huge thing that when we were starting, we needed help in administration," recalls Merasty. "We needed help in establishing radio studios. We needed help in the total organization and he was always ready and willing to help out."

Merasty and another former MBC CEO, Marty Ballentyne, are among the many northerners who became broadcasters under Ward's guidance.

"I was one of those people," says Ballentyne. "So many other people that work in local radio stations up north and people that have become broadcasters since then worked with him, as well, and trained under him."

Another former MBC CEO, Nap Gardiner, remembers when he first approached Ward about developing a broadcast training program for northerners.

"He immediately responded and said: 'I will'," says Gardiner. "The relationship started from then. From training our people, from developing the background and structure and framework to building an organization, which some of us administrators like myself really didn't have time to sit down and do all of this."

Current MBC CEO Deborah Charles says Ward's impact on the corporation was noticeable.

"From then on, we've grown in leaps and bounds," says Charles. "And I think Barrie was very instrumental and influential in the professional growth in Missinipi Broadcasting Corporation."

Before formally joining MBC in 1986, Ward worked as a radio announcer for CJWW and as a radio and television announcer for CBC and CFQC. He was also a communications officer for the now-defunct Department of Northern Saskatchewan and created his own communications firm.

Those who worked with Ward at MBC's executive level are remembering him as gracious, kind, personable, thoughtful and "a benevolent and wise presence" who was devoted to, and spoke often of, his family.

Ward is survived by his wife, Lisa, his two children and three grandchildren.

His funeral will be held this afternoon in Prince Albert.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 November 2016 07:40
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