Message from the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson

Kathleen J Wootton
Kathleen J. Wootton, Chairperson

Mabel Bearskin
Mabel Bearskin, Vice-Chairperson

We send our greetings to all members of the Cree Nation.

The Cree School Board began and ended the 2015-2016 school year with much sadness. We would like to dedicate this edition of the Cree School Board’s Annual Report to the memory of Mrs. Gerti Murdoch and Mr. Hardy Joseph Audate.

Mrs. Gerti Murdoch, former Community Education Administrator and a long-time employee of the Cree School Board, passed away suddenly in September 2015. Mrs. Murdoch worked in various capacities at the Cree School Board. Her longest appointments were as the Community Education Administrator for Wiinibekuu School in Waskaganish, and as a member of the Review Panel for the Cree School Board’s Post-Secondary Student Services Program. Even though Mrs. Murdoch had retired, she was still very active in Cree education. She agreed to participate in the Review Process of the Cree Component of Cree Education. Her many years of service and dedication to the Cree School Board are greatly appreciated, and we will remember her with great fondness.

In June 2016, our colleague, Hardy Joseph Audate passed away after a tragic boating accident near Chapais, Quebec. Mr. Audate worked for the Cree School Board for 26 years. He held various positions at the Cree School Board, from teacher to school administrator, and his latest job was as the Coordinator of School Operations. Mr. Audate was a friend, colleague and mentor to many with whom he worked. Mr. Audate also contributed much to the development of school leadership at the Cree School Board. Like Mrs. Murdoch, Mr. Audate was a dedicated employee, and he contributed much to Cree education during his tenure at the Cree School Board. We will remember him for his quiet wisdom, humility and dedication.

We will forever remember Mrs. Murdoch and Mr. Audate with fondness. We are comforted in knowing that they are both at peace.

May our Creator bless you all!