Yvonne just completed a term as President on the board of her local museum - Fort Pelly-Livingstone Museum. She served in this position for six years after a fire totally destroyed the museum. There is now a building and functioning museum. Although COIVD has been very destructive, the museum has carried on! Did you know that the Fort was the very first Capitol of the North West Territories! This is an unknown fact that the museum has been attempting to change. Yvonne was also involved in the ceremony, story-telling, dance, and food during Indigenous Days and Culture Days.
Yvonne is a retired Registered Nurse and proud First Nations member of the Cree Nation from Cowessess. She is an adoptee and a member of the Sixties Scoop. As an RN, Yvonne also worked in Saudi Arabia for almost nine years and learned a great deal about the Muslim culture and religion. She also went into the community to vaccinate the children, attend weddings and BBQs, and work very closely with the local people. While in Saudi Arabia, she worked with 51 other nationalities.
As an RN Yvonne also served on the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses on the Negotiations Committee for two terms to come to an agreement on the contract. This past year, up to March, she was also the Chair on the Saskatchewan Federation of Labour Indigenous Committee.
She was a member of the Museums Association of Saskatchewan for seven years, serving as President and Past President. She is familiar with policy governance and has learned much about the heritage of Saskatchewan.
In the past Yvonne has served on Hospital Policy and Admission and Waiting List Management Committees; OR Executive Committee; Laser Safety Committee; as well as attended or presented numerous in-services in the OR including Harassment and OH & S.
Yvonne and her partner, Brian, live on an acreage just between Norquay and Pelly with three dogs and a couple of horses. She enjoys quilting, cross stitch, painting and many other handicrafts, which keeps her busy during this life-changing time of COVID.