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Elmer Derrick was committed to moving ASWA across Canada and had begun that work in B.C. and Ontario.

On a sad note…
Longtime ASWA board member
Elmer Derrick passes away


Gitxsan Hereditary Chief Elmer Derrick has passed away. At 69 years old, Derrick died peacefully with members of his family around him at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, on Friday, Sept. 22.

In addition for being a long-time board member of the Aboriginal Skilled Workers Association (ASWA); Derrick was actively involved over the years on several other boards; including BC Hydro, Gitxsan Resources Trust and Ridley Island Terminals Inc. In 2012 he was appointed by the federal government to serve on the board of directors at the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

Derrick had taught political science and economics at the Northwest Community College, and he had a bachelor degree in education from the University of Alberta and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from Carleton University. Read full story in local newspaper- Terrace Standard here 

Joe Mulhall (past President of Canadian Union of Skilled Workers) is quoted as responding with the following: 

“ I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of Elmer Derrick. Elmer was a dedicated supporter of ASWA and he will be truly missed. Elmer was one of only a few people that understood and shared the vision of building a better life for Aboriginal people through building bridges to opportunities in economic development and the workplace. He was committed to moving ASWA across Canada and had begun that work in B.C. and Ontario.  There is a fine balance between the work of ASWA and the work of the Communities, that requires a sense of both to accomplish.  It will not be easy to fill this void."
 
"On a personal level, Elmer shared with me his vision of “Building a Better Canada” by building stronger ties between Indigenous communities, sustainable economic development and all Canadians.  It was a life’s work for him that sometimes resulted in great achievements and sometimes in great disappointments.  He understood the challenge and pressed on with his goal. I will miss his thoughtful Counsel and mentorship.”. 

The ASWA Board of Director team is appreciative of the many years of commitment and dedication that Elmer gave to ASWA.

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