MLA Clare Trevena flanked by William 'Wa' Wasden and Alexandra Morton at the U'mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay. Trevena presented the pair with the Queen's Jubilee Medal for cultural and environmental contributions.

Pair feted in Alert Bay

MLA Claire Trevena presents two North Islanders with Queen's Jubilee Medals.

ALERT BAY—Four people who have provided exemplary service in the North Island were honoured with Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medals last week, including two in Alert Bay. Wa Wasden and Alexandra Morton received their medals at a ceremonies at the U’Mista Cultural Centre in Alert Bay Thursday.

MLA Claire Trevena, along with MLAs and MPs across the country, was invited to recognize the hard work of people who volunteer their time to make Canada a better place. MLAs were tasked with selecting just four people per constituency, a challenge in rural communities where volunteerism is a key social driver. Trevena appointed a committee to recommend her appointments and she’s pleased with their choices, which honour the hard work of people who champion the causes of First Nations arts, culture and social welfare, the environment and the arts.

Wa Wasden Jr. has made it his life’s work and passion to train as an artist and a traditional singer to keep his Kwakwaka’wakw culture alive, and to pass it on to younger generations. He excelled at visual art as a youth and in his late teens he trained as a song keeper, composer and historian under Tom Willie (“MacKenzie”) and his wife Elsie. He shares the wealth of those teachings with youth in the Gwa’wina Dancers Cultural Society in Alert Bay.

Alexandra Morton’s name has become a household word for many people on the B.C. coast, for her unrelenting commitment to the wild salmon stocks. As a young marine biologist, Morton moved to the Broughton Archipelago to study orcas. Over time she became concerned with the loss of their principle food, wild salmon, and has since devoted her life to finding the causes. Her energy and leadership, securing funds for studies and bringing thousands of people out to demonstrate their shared concerns, has brought the issue to the forefront.

Jacquie Gordon and Chief Robert Joseph were also presented medals by Trevena at a ceremony in Campbell River Dec. 3.

 

Just Posted

VIDEO: North Island Bantam Eagles tie Dawson Creek Canucks in front of massive hometown crowd in Port Hardy

The Tier 3 Bantam Championships continued in style last night at the Don Cruickshank Memorial Arena.

Port Alice’s Scotiabank branch closing for good next month

Port Alice is going through a transition to a more diversified economy that includes tourism.

VIDEO: North Island Bantam Eagles blast Kelowna Rockets in first game of the Championships in Port Hardy

The Eagles are back in action at 7:30 p.m. tonight against the Dawson Creek KFC Canucks.

Mowi Canada West releases statement on Nanaimo teenager’s workplace death

“Our thoughts are with the family at this time, all of us at Mowi are devastated by this tragedy.”

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

BC Ferries has no plans to implement debit for vehicle ticket payments

Debit accepted for foot passengers, on-board purchases for all vessels

‘The whole city has changed:’ B.C. woman in New Zealand reacts to mosque attacks

An expatriate and Muslim students at UBC Okanagan deeply affected by white supremacist shooting

Trudeau condemns hateful, ‘toxic segments’ of society after New Zealand shooting

Prime Minister expressed sorrow at the many attacks in recent years

Air Canada grounds its Boeing Max 8s until at least July 1 to provide certainty

Airlines around the world have been working to redeploy their fleets since their Max 8s were grounded last week

Budget to tout Liberal economic record, provide distraction from SNC furor

This is the Liberal government’s fourth and final budget before the election

Horvat scores 16 seconds into OT as Canucks beat Blackhawks 3-2

Pettersson sets rookie scoring record for Vancouver

Vancouver Island overdue for the big one, can also expect mega-thrust tsunami

The last big earthquake was 70 years ago in Courtenay

No injuries, pollution in Vancouver Harbour ship collision: Transport Canada

Transportation Safety Board says it has deployed a team of investigators look into the incident

Most Read