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The Cree Board of Health deeply mourns the passing of former employee Hilda Spencer


The CBHSSJB former employee Hilda passed away peacefully on October 26, 2023 at the age of 66 years at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal surrounded by family and friends.


Hilda has worked for our organization for 16 years in various capacities. Her employment started on July 25, 2000, as a Senior Accounting Clerk on a temporary full-time basis in the Finance Department, and she later held this position on a permanent basis in August 2001. She joined the HR Team as an Administrative Technician on February 2, 2004.

Hilda and her family moved to Montreal in the fall of 2006 and on October 2, 2006 she held the position of Administrative Technician under Cree Patient Services. She later worked under Human Resources Development as an Administrative Technician, a position she held until her retirement on September 21, 2018.


Hilda is remembered by her colleagues for her strong work ethic, sense of humor and organizational skills, she was also an outspoken advocate for patients’ rights especially those living off Eeyou Istchee but she will be remembered for inspiring many people living with Cancer; she created the first Women’s Support Group in Chisasibi, joined many marathon walks to support Cancer Research and was involved in many other activities. She is a beacon of light to those who are battling the same disease as her.

Fate whispers to the warrior, “You cannot withstand the storm” The warrior whispers back, “I am the storm”. Hilda endured and fought many battles in her lifetime, including loss and illness, but never lost her warrior spirit.

The CBHSSJB extends its condolences to Hilda’s son Marcel, her immediate family, and her former colleagues and many friends. Hilda will be greatly missed by many.

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