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Community Feast in Waskaganish for Long-term Employees and the 40th Anniversary of the Cree Health Board

September 20, 2018
Organizing committee of the Community Feast in Waskaganish

On Tuesday, September 18 the Cree Health Board Waskaganish Community Miyupimaatisiiun Centre hosted a community feast featuring smoked fish, singers and fiddle dancing. There were a few reasons to celebrate: first of all, the Feast was a retirement party for three recently retired employees, Marjorie Blackned, Sarah J. Katapatuk and Hilda Stephen. Hilda first came to work at the clinic as a Beneficiary Attendant in 1977! It was also a celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Cree Health Board (founded in April 1978), and a chance to recognize the contributions of more than 35 Waskaganish employees with 10, 20, 30 and 40 years of service.

Each honouree received a framed print by Whapmagoostui artist Natasia Mukash. The Board of Directors of the CBHSSJB were present, and Board Chairperson Bella M. Petawabano and Executive Director Daniel St-Amour extended their congratulations to the Waskaganish team led by Local Director Bert Blackned (31 years service), and the hard-working organizing committee headed by Bessie Gillies (10 years service). The fish came from Smokey Hill Nûtimesânân ᓅᑎᒣᓵᓈᓐ and the main meal was provided by Mistissini-based Nikki’s Gourmet Catering. A memorable evening!

See more pictures here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/creepublichealth/07K141