Catherine Belleau

Alkali Lake, British Columbia

“If children are our future, then we are in good hands with Catherine Belleau’s dedication,” says Esk’etemc Chief Fred Robbins. A First Nations elder, Cathy has enriched the lives of three generations of her First Nations community. It was thirty-five years ago that Cathy began her work with the daycare centre, serving the community’s infants, toddlers and youth with gentle loving care. She has been instrumental in keeping the Day Care Centre open in some of the most challenging times. She has mentored the child care workers who have followed in her footsteps. Cathy has supported her work with educational upgrades such as receiving her Infant and Toddler Certificate at the age of 60. When asked how long she will continue, she replies…”as long as I feel young, I’ll keep going”.


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