Grace Elliott Nielsen is one of our Province’s great leaders. She is a pioneer in implementing programs to improve the quality of life of the urban Aboriginal community. As Executive Director of the Tillicum Lelum Aboriginal Friendship Society in Nanaimo for the past thirty years, Grace has established social service programs that serve and support 30,000 people each year. From education and training programs, health and counseling services, special cultural events, an elder and youth affordable housing project, and licensed childcare, Grace’s wise and gentle guidance has made a deep impact on her community. Her legacy will be felt for generations.