‘Quintessential volunteer’ Barbara Bromley passes away

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Yellowknife’s Barbara Bromley, a Member of the Order of Canada known for her compassion and community spirit, has passed away.

Barbara’s son, Bob Bromley – the MLA for Weledeh – said the 88-year-old had died ‘peacefully’ on Sunday evening.

“The family would like to thank the staff of Stanton Yellowknife Hospital for their incredible care of our mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother,” he said in a short statement.

A nurse and seniors’ advocate, Barbara Bromley was awarded the Order of Canada in 2000.

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Her citation for that award called Bromley “the quintessential volunteer”.

It read: “Active in her community, this registered nurse was the first in the city to speak out as a proponent for the elderly.

“Whether volunteering at the hospital or with the local scouts, she is always generous with her time. Deeply committed to the city’s residents, she has been a caregiver, activist, organizer and, most importantly, a friend to many in the community.”

Bromley came to Yellowknife in 1948 as Barbara Strong, working at the Red Cross Hospital as a public health nurse.

She was at the fore of nursing in the city throughout the 1960s and 1970s, later helping to establish the Aven Manor seniors’ facility.

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“I’m feeling very humble because there are a lot of other people who are just as deserving,” Bromley told Northern News Services on her appointment to the Order of Canada.

“Yellowknife has a tremendous component of volunteers.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do all the volunteering I did without the help of my family.”

Arrangements for a memorial service will be announced at a later date, once arrangements have been finalized.

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