For nearly 10 years Henry Joseph Gagnon was a valued member of the Regional Employment Training Committee (RETC) for the Thompson & Okanagan and the Métis community of Penticton.
Learning of his passing was a tremendous loss to both the RETC and the community of Penticton, to which Henry was a pillar.
Henry was a very proud Métis man and was very much involved in his community on many different levels. Henry served as the Office Manager for a number of years for the Penticton Métis Association, a Chartered Community of the Métis Nation British Columbia before it was re-established and now known as the South Okanagan Similkameen Métis Association. Henry attended every Métis event and was a big part of the community of Penticton.
“Henry volunteered as our office assistant in Penticton for about 2 years back in 2007-2008. He volunteered at all of our community events between 2007 and 2012. He truly lived his life around being recognized as being Metis but not able to get his Citizenship Card” ~ Daniel Pitman, MNBC Regional Director – Thompson Okanagan Region.
“He was a very dedicated RETC member. Despite his health problems, he never missed a meeting and was always the first one to get back to me when helping with client funding requests. I am thankful to have known Henry, he was a very sweet man! Another reminder for us to cherish every day” ~ Chastity Myhre, Program Manager, Metis Employment & Training – Thompson Okanagan Region.
“Henry will be missed tremendously and our hearts and prayers go out to his Son David and Family during this most difficult time” ~ President Dumont
Henry J. Gagne 1947-2015, seen in this National Aboriginal Day celebration event photo on the far left proudly wearing his Sash, was born in Winnipeg Manitoba. He is survived by his Son David and relatives in Manitoba.
To pay online respects to his memory and/or to Henry’s family go to http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/okanaganvalley/obituary.aspx?n=henry-joseph-gagnon&pid=174782501
Our most sincere condolence,
President Dumont, Board of Directors, and Staff