National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation

April 04, 2006 13:04 ET

Former NAAF Board Member will be dearly missed

Former Board Member and 2004 Achievement Award Recipient will be dearly missed Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - April 4, 2006) - Suzanne Rochon Burnett, a mentor, a leader, a bright light who paved the way for a generation of Aboriginal women in media and communications, will be greatly missed. We at the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation offer our sincere condolences to Suzanne's family and friends.

"Our sister Suzanne will be remembered for her strength of sprit, her tremendous courage, and her incredible vision. She was fiercely proud of her Métis heritage and demonstrated boundless generosity in sharing her traditional values with all Canadians,' said Roberta Jamieson, CEO, National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation. "Her contributions to the Board of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation as well as TVO and the Canada Council are legendary. Suzanne remained devoted to her family and her people throughout her life journey, always ready to help her people, her community, and her country. We will be forever enriched for having had Suzanne walk among us."

Founded in 1984, the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation (NAAF) is a non-profit organization that encourages and empowers young Aboriginal people to advance their educational and career aspirations. NAAF is the biggest non-governmental funder of Aboriginal education, with an Education Program that now disburses more than
$2 million a year to First Nations, Inuit and Métis students across the country. In addition, NAAF organizes Blueprint for the Future career fairs for Aboriginal high school students and recently launched Industry in the Classroom, the first program to be developed out of its employment initiative, Taking Pulse. As well, the Foundation recognizes and celebrates Aboriginal career accomplishment through the annual National Aboriginal Achievement Awards, a dazzling showcase of Aboriginal entertainment that is broadcast nationally.
/For further information: Scott Cavan, Dir. Communications & Media Relations
416.926.0775 ext: 237
416.903.4331 cell/ IN: EDUCATION, HEALTH, POLITICS, SOCIAL, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Scott Cavan, Director of Media Relations, National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
    Primary Phone: 416-926-0775 ext. 237
    Secondary Phone: 416-903-4331
    Toll-Free: 800-329-9780
    E-mail: scavan@naaf.ca