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Lifetime volunteer awarded

Christine Grimard
Northern News Services

Yellowknife (Dec 20/06) - Longtime Yellowknifer Esther Braden became a member of the Order of Canada Friday in recognition of her years of service to the community as a volunteer.

"Everyone was jovial and happy," said Braden following the ceremony.
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- Esther Braden with Governor-General Michaelle Jean

Her eldest son George Braden and her granddaughter Carmen Braden were present in Ottawa when Governor-General Michaelle Jean presented her with her medal December 15.

Since she moved to Yellowknife from Saskatchewan almost 42 years ago, Braden has been an active member of the community. "Yellowknife was small and growing," said Braden. "There was every opportunity to become involved."

Braden is a past president of both the NWT Seniors' Society and the YWCA, and has been actively involved in Northern economic development.

This isn't the first time Braden has been recognized for her achievements. In 2001, the department of Municipal and Community Affairs awarded Braden the Respected Elder Award.

"She set a great example for the family, and in the community," said Esther's son MLA Bill Braden. "Volunteerism is something I think is really at the heart of a community."

The Order of Canada is awarded by the Governor-General to recognize a lifetime of outstanding achievement. As a member, Braden has received the first level of recognition, and she is joined by 136 other members who are appointed annually.

Esther is one of seven Yellowknifers who have been appointed to the Order of Canada, including Barb Bromley, Clarence (Shorty) Brown, and Robert Engle.