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CHARLES HENRY MONKMAN August 15, 1951 - November 1, 2010 With heavy hearts and strong spirits we announce the passing of Charles Henry Monkman. Charlie leaves to mourn his passing his life partner and wife Connie; his children Lee, Kyle and Deanna; grandchildren Zach, Rayne, Charly, Kaylie, and Ethan; his step-children Darren, Jeanette, Jody and Gaille; step-grandchildren Jessica, Ross, Gage, Keith, Connie, Shae, and Genna; foster children Andre, Colby and Brieanna; sisters Bernice and Marlene; brother Larry; mother-in-law Margaret; many special nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He also leaves to mourn numerous kids and their families across Canada and the United States who were greatly impacted by their experience and time spent with Charlie. He was predeceased by his parents, Horton and Olga; sisters Isobel and Doreen; brother Orton; niece Myra and nephews Derek, Kelly and Cody. Charlie was happy that he recently reached 25 years of sobriety. He was a proud member of Alcoholics Anonymous and often stated that he was holistically addicted. In addition to Alcoholics Anonymous, Charlie learned and applied his Cultural teachings to assist in his own recovery. However, Charlie was an extreme man and he went on to seek as much information as he could about his Culture and Traditions. He used and shared this knowledge of the Great Mystery through various ceremonies, prayers and teachings to support and to ensure a better and healthier way of life for others. Without question, Charles Monkman was one of the most Spiritual men we have been blessed to know. Charlie worked for over 20 years in the addictions field. He was instrumental in creating and managing the clinical direction of four treatment facilities across Canada: Training and Learning Centre in Fort Francis, Ontario; Whiskyjack Treatment Centre in Northern Manitoba; the White Swan Treatment Centres in North Central Alberta and the Night Wind Treatment Centres in North Central Alberta of which he was an owner/operator. Charlie most recently worked as the Clinical/Cultural Director of Night Wind. His profile included Cultural awareness, Traditional teachings, addictions education, trauma healing and GAS (grief, anger and shame) reduction. He was a respected trainer, facilitator, speaker and Elder throughout the addictions field and had a special gift for working with youth. Charlie was one of the most non-judgemental people you'd ever want to know. He used humour and genuineness when interacting with people which most often left them feeling positive and inspired. From a street person to an executive, Charlie touched the hearts of people across the globe in a good way. Charlie often stated, Mankind is my business! A ceremony will be held at the St. Albert United Church Hall, 20 Green Grove Dr., on Wednesday, November 3, at 1:00 p.m. Memorial service to be held in Winnipeg on Saturday, November 13, at 2:00 p.m. at the West Kildonan Legion at 1748 Main St. In lieu of flowers a donation to Night Wind Treatment Centre would be greatly appreciated (Site 6, Box 4, RR #1, Legal, AB, T0G 1L0). Pallbearers are sons Kyle and Lee; grandsons Zach, Rayne, Ross and Gage; nephews Devon and Conrad. Honorary pallbearers are Morley Hanford, Dennis Delorme (Frenchie), Fox Morin, George Simard, Peter Ferris, Bill Palmer, Albert Tait, Herb Nabigon, Delmar Boni, Allen Benson, Len Benson, Charlie Ruggles, Wayne Whalon, his Spiritual son Tim Harrison, Spiritual sisters Ruth Morin and Lynn Wall. Thank you to the ICU staff at Royal Alexander Hospital for the compassionate care Charlie received and especially to his own doctor and friend, Dr. Debra Andrew.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on November 06, 2010
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