Community Leader Recognition – Patricia Starr 11 Years
Please join NIFCS in recognizing and celebrating our past President Patricia Starr’s 11th year anniversary (June 2017) as the Executive Director of the Gya’ Wa’ Tlaab Healing Centre Society in Kitamaat, BC, where she spends her time between program delivery and administrative duties.
Patricia Starr is a member of the Beaver Clan of the Haisla Nation from the northwest coast of B.C. She is part of a large extended family system of siblings, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren, located primarily in Kitamaat, BC. She is married to Brad Starr of the Haisla Nation and has four stepchildren and three grandchildren.
Her main passion in life is to assist First Nations in the resolution of trauma and addictions issues so that they, as a collective spirit, can move beyond survival. Her main belief is “In order to heal, we must acknowledge the past, work through the horrors, remember the blessings, and take charge of our future.” This is done through re-connection with the spirit of our Ancestors and our Creator.
Patricia remains deeply committed to working with anyone who has intention to heal the past traumas and move towards a healthy, more balanced future. Her mantra:
Somehow, someway, we’ll get through this (day, time, loss, crisis, trauma, etc.) – together we can do anything. As long as you are moving in the right direction – it’s okay. Small changes lead to big changes, over time it all adds up to a positive investment in the future of our families and our nations.
NIFCS holds our hand’s up in recognition of Patricia’s contribution as an outstanding people and community healer and builder. Her commitment to healing and capacity building is an inspiring legacy for others to strive for.
Please see Patricia’s full bio HERE.