An Evening for Elsie (in Photos)
Mother of nine. Activist social worker. Language advocate. Honorary doctor. Elsie Paul’s life represents so much of the Tla’amin Nation’s struggles and hopes over the past half-century. And on March 4, Dwight Hall was at-capacity with revellers celebrating her contributions – in advance of treaty, April 5.
Here’s a visual round-up of some top moments:
Elsie Paul had, of course, a front-row seat for the many speeches on the program. Speakers ranged from Honore Watanabe (a Japanese language researcher who wrote the introduction to Elsie’s book, “Written as I Remember It”) to Chief Clint Williams, Regional District Director Colin Palmer, and members of her own family.
In a moving tribute, The Powell River Chorus sang The Rankin Family’s “We Rise Again” – a poetic song about hope renewing itself with each generation. Conductor Walter Martella invited the audience to sing along on the chorus.
Oops! Powell River Mayor Dave Formosa (with PRRD chair Patrick Brabazon) presented Elsie with a salmon sculpture for her home – and a larger one that will adorn the new Elsie Paul Literacy Centre at the Powell River Library. One fish slid off during the unveiling!
All photos by Pieta Woolley – Powell River Living
Upset that you missed this event? There is a livestream video at http://www.tvpowellriver.com available all week long, if you would like to watch the evening’s events.