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As a teacher, principal, then Director of Education, Ernesta devoted her entire career to working in the North. She left with an unwavering belief in education and the critical role it plays in the lives of all children, fighting for the rights of students and their communities, for teachers and administrators, to improve education opportunities among First Nations.
While she possessed no great love of the cold, Ernesta enjoyed the North and though "retired", fondly mused about returning to a teaching role with every passing schoolyard. She also believed in language as a foundation of culture and possessed a fondness for Cree, borrowing a word here and there for use in everyday life, much to the embarrassment of her sons.
She will be missed.
Family and friends may sign a
book of condolence online at www.desjardinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Desjardins Funeral Home
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 20, 2021
Condolences & Memories (3 entries)
She was my best friend. She was thoughtful and generous to me. Her boys were so thoughtful to her. I will miss her greatly. - Posted by: Eva Vanscoy (Friend) on: Mar 01, 2021
I had the good fortune of working with Ernesta in Island Lake. She blazed a trail for female administrators. I also recall getting a phone call from her one night..no identification just “Kathie there’s no trees.” She was calling from Baker Lake. Her commitment to the native education was amazing. Condolences to the family from my husband, Peter, and myself. - Posted by: Kathie Little (Colleague) on: Feb 21, 2021
Sincere condolence to the family. - Posted by: Richard RISBEY (former co worker from our years in nothern Manitoba) on: Feb 20, 2021
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