Long-time Yellowknife volunteer and community activist Esther Braden has passed away at the age of 92.
Shortly after her arrival to Yellowknife in 1964, Braden became a ‘tireless and indispensable volunteer’ according to Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green, who acknowledged her passing in the legislature on Friday.
Braden, who became a Member of the Order of Canada in 2006, is perhaps best known for her work as an advocate for women, seniors and the hearing impaired.
Throughout her years in Yellowknife, she helped found the Alison McAteer House, served as president of the YWCA and was an active member of the Yellowknife Seniors’ Society.
Those closest to her also knew she had a passion for music.
“She was also a frequent entertainer at Aven Manor, often playing the piano which was a true love of hers,” recalled Green.
“Mrs. Braden helped build Yellowknife in her reflection – kind and caring. I offer their family the deepest sympathy for their loss.
“Their loss is our loss, too.”
For almost half a century, Braden volunteered as the organist at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church.
She was also close friends with quintessential volunteer Barb Bromley, who passed away last year at the age of 88.
Braden is survived by her four children and eight grandchildren. Last year, her son George Braden – the first government leader of the Northwest Territories – passed away at the age of 65.
Her husband Bill Sr. passed away in 1991.
Details of a private funeral service and public celebration are expected to be announced in the near future.