Senator Marjorie (Marge) White

Senator Marjorie White (Marge) was born in Port Alberni to the Huu-ay-aht First Nation. Marge left her reserve in 1956 to pursue a career in Nursing in Vancouver, BC. In 1957, Marge became a member and President of the Coqualeetza Fellowship organization located in Sardis, BC. Influenced by the Fellowships push for the need of an Indian Centre the Vancouver City Council in 1963 finally supported the efforts of Marge and her colleagues who were directed to create an ad hoc committee to establish the guidelines to opening an Aboriginal social centre, later that same year, the first official Indian Centre in Vancouver was opened and Marge and her ad hoc colleagues would be its first Board of Directors. In 1969, Marge participated in a meeting with other groups who were providing a service to Aboriginal people in the respective communities. The following year a follow-up meeting was held in Edmonton where the National Association of Friendship Centres was founded to which she served on the first executive. In 1971, Marge is also the founder of the Pacific Association Communication in Friendship Indian Centres, the first official Provincial association and precursor to today’s British Columbia Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC). Marge has continued to be involved in the Friendship Centre Movement through her role as Senator to the NAFC and Elder to the BCAAFC. Among her many personal and professional accomplishments, Marge continues to provide guidance and encouragement to Youth through annual workshops at the BCAAFC Gathering Our Voices. In 2005, she retired as the Executive Director of Circle of Eagles Lodge a position she enjoyed for 15 years. Despite her ‘retirement’ Marge continues to be a very busy lady, continuing to volunteer her time on many Boards.

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