Flags lowered at Penticton campus in honour of the late Elder Grace Greyeyes

By College Relations | November 27, 2023
           

Elder Grace Greyeyes, smiling, wearing purple

Please help us honour and take a moment of silence for respected Elder Grace Greyeyes, who was from the Penticton Indian Band (PIB) and a residential school survivor. Flags at the Okanagan College Penticton campus have been lowered in honour of Grace.

"Gramma Grace" to many and a well-known advocate of education passed away early Friday morning on Nov. 24 after a long, hard battle with cancer.

Grace was a beautiful soul who shared many stories, taught us many lessons about life, and honoured voices of those who need to be heard. She was a strong advocate for Indigenous children, youth, and families, and speaking Truth about the huge need for further learning and collaboration on the path towards Reconciliation. She was a Leader, Mother, Gramma, Mentor and support to many over the years and believed in the value of education and working towards positive change.

Elder Grace Greyeyes speaking at 2023 Convocation

In 2017, Grace received an Okanagan College Alumni Association (OCAA) Distinguished Alumni Award, and she served as Elder in Residence at the Penticton campus since 2015. She was involved in events helping us follow traditional protocols and participated in meetings providing voice, guidance and direction at tables of discussion for educational planning and setting future goals that embraced Indigenous ways of being and knowing.

Elder Grace Greyeyes will be deeply missed. On behalf of Okanagan College, we send love and prayers out to the family and the rest of PIB community for this significant loss. We are grateful for Grace and all that she did to help others in need and in the name of education.

All my relations,

Rhea Dupuis, Director of Indigenous Relations

Neil Fassina, OC President

 




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