A celebration of the life of Barb Bromley will take place in Yellowknife Saturday.
Barb, the mother of Weledeh MLA Bob Bromley, passed away peacefully earlier this month at the age of 88.
“Barb Bromley was a huge part of the history and the fabric of the Yellowknife community and she will be sorely missed,” said Frame Lake MLA Wendy Bisaro in the legislature this week.
“As her son Bob has said she was a giant in every respect except for her physical stature.”
Barb 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.
“Her life’s work was nursing and as Yellowknife developed and grew, she advanced public health nursing services in Yellowknife and beyond,” Bisaro added.
“She was instrumental in starting the NWT Registered Nurses Association and in establishing well baby clinics, the Meals on Wheels program and immunization clinics.”
Bromley was awarded the Order of Canada in 2000. Her citation for that award called her “the quintessential volunteer”.
The celebration of her life will begin at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon in the Sir John Franklin auditorium.