Christopher Sheppard, Former Executive Director of St. John’s Native Friendship Centre

Gerry Rogers, MHA St. John’s Centre
Member’s Statement
April 10, 2019
Christopher Sheppard, Former Executive Director of St. John’s Native Friendship Centre

How fitting to honour Christopher Sheppard as he prepares to leave our province with his husband Jacob Buote and three dogs to take his incredible skills and expertise to Saskatchewan friendship centres.

An Inuk, born and raised in the Inuit community of Postville, Nunatsiavut, Chris came to St. John’s in 2004 getting involved in the urban Indigenous community. An outstanding leader and advocate, he represented urban Indigenous young people in the Atlantic region, then nationally and internationally. Elected Youth Representative on the National Association of Friendship Centres, he quickly became Vice President and now President.

As ED of the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre, now rebranded First Light, he built an amazing team, expanding the Centre's services including a childcare centre, supportive housing, catering and exciting outreach and programming for the community.
More is coming, increased support for Aboriginal Patient Navigators, funding the first urban Indigenous coalition here, an infant space expansion to the Childcare Centre.

At 33, Christopher has accomplished much. How lucky have we been to have him and his passion for change.

Nakkumek Chris, we will miss you.

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