(Fort McMurray) Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude are proud to announce the 4th nominee for the Women of Inspiration series 2017-2018:
Patricia Flett, more often referred to as Pat was born and raised in Fort Chipewyan, the only girl in a family of four. Her early years were steeped in learning her Metis culture, something she has carried with her for her entire life. While loving her community, Pat also saw the need for an education and graduated from Peter Pond High School in 1974.
Pat’s sense of adventure led her to take on many professional roles. In the 80’s she was the Employment and Training Manager of Family and Community Support Servicers for the Government of Canada. In the 90’s she was the Life Skills Facilitator for Keyano College. She thoroughly enjoyed working for Indigenous Communities including being the Manager of Human Resources for Mikisew Cree First Nations as well as being the community Development Coordinator for the Industry Relations Corp. Pat worked in the community of Fort McKay and was instrumental in breaking new ground for programs such as daycare, after school programs, life skills training and finding opportunities for community members to reach their full potential. Pat’s commitment to the community was evident ,be it for sharing a cup of tea or coordinating a community event.
Pat has dedicated her life serving her community in a number of capacities including serving as a board member for the Fort Chipewyan Metis Association, Regional Aboriginal Management Board and Regional Business Development Board. She has also served on the National Aboriginal Management Board and was the acting chair for the North Advisory Council, Keyano College Further Education Council, the Nunee Health Authority and the North eastern Aboriginal Pathways Association. Pat has proved to be a strong champion for her community and region and shares her enthusiasm with others.
Pat was the first woman volunteer firefighter to serve on the Fort Chipewyan Fire Department and subsequently established the first team of women firefighters in the community. Pat does not recognize barriers and sees them as challenges to be conquered.
Locally Pat initiated and implemented the first volunteer-oriented model process to recognize individual achievements and community success in aboriginal communities.
Regionally, Pat developed a process and structure to deliver the Human Resources Development Program for Employment Services Canada to all aboriginal communities within the RMWB and trained personnel to maintain local offices.
Provincially, Pat developed and led the community of Fort Chipewyan, made up of 2 First Nations and 1 Metis local, to successfully identify areas for the Government of Alberta Special Places Framework. Nationally, Pat developed and delivered, through participation on local, regional and national boards with the Pathways to Success, a formula based community barriers to education and employment.
On an international scale, Pat oversaw and accomplished a successful Artic Sports Division of Inuit and Dene Games with the 2004 Artic Winter Games to support and promote local involvement bringing back traditional sport in the region.
Pat’s passion knows no bounds and she is constantly focusing on sharing her passion, appreciating differences and developing teamwork.
Pat loves her family and is especially proud of her son and daughter who have grown into successful adults and awesome parents. Pat spends time with her grandchildren, teaching them to appreciate their culture. She can be seen at hockey games cheering them on. Pat’s passions include being one with nature, learning about culturally important plants, berry picking, gardening and just exploring in the bush.
Pat’s woman of Inspiration was her grandmother who gave her the drive to tackle anything. She sees the best in others, has a positive attitude and is a caring lady who is an excellent role model. She gives her all and her best in everything she does and is a cheerleader on the sidelines to many others.
Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude will honour Pat and 11 other nominees, at the Women of Inspiration Celebration which will take place in June, 2018.
The Women of Inspiration is a partnership between Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta and Syncrude, with a goal to recognize women throughout the Wood Buffalo region who inspire others, break new ground or old barriers and help create change. The series also aims to show local girls positive role models who live right here.
To nominate a woman of inspiration, please visit our website at www.girlsincofnorthernalberta.org or contact the Girls Inc. office at 780-790-9236.
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Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta