A Grande Prairie man has been voted in as the new president of the Alberta Native Friendship Centre Association.
Len Morissette, a local filmmaker, and entrepreneur was given the nod at a vote in late September but says he is still overwhelmed at the feeling of trust being placed in him.
“To be able to represent all the hard workers who do great things for our community, society and country is an honour. I’m just very fortunate to be in this position and help bring awareness to our movement.”
Morissette says the problems at a local level are as varied as the geography of the province, but feels everyone pulling in the same direction overall will make a huge difference.
“It is a non-profit organization, and they’re on the front lines. They have programs for new mothers, working with social services, connecting families, just across the board [for] providing services. When people can work together for a common cause it causes your community to be stronger.”
He says those looking to use the services should feel free to walk in and know they will be given the best help possible. Adding that the spirit of the community remains strong in Grande Prairie, and will only continue to get better over time.
“I just want people to get more involved, walk together… and it works towards all of our futures and the futures for our kids.”
There are currently 21 friendship centres across Alberta.