Margaret Angeconeb’s career celebrated
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
Family members and friends packed the Sunset Suites banquet room to celebrate and honour Margaret Angeconeb, who is retiring after nearly 40 years of working in education for northern communities. Her career includes 20 years of working for Windigo First Nations Council and 12 years of working for Kwayaciiwin Education Resource Centre.
The evening started off with an opening prayer from Elder Juliette Blackhawk followed by a buffet-style meal that featured fried fish, baked fish, chicken, wild rice, salad, bannock, and blueberry cheesecake.
Following the meal, guests had a chance to reflect on the relationships, connections and memories that they share with Angeconeb. Many friends and co-workers touched on her educational impact.
“She has been a very steady force in the education field. She’s a very committed person who is involved in a lot of the projects that have resulted in the improvement of education that First Nations children receive,” said George Hoggarth, who was one of many to share kind remarks during the open mic session.
“It’s been a team effort over the years. I was able to work with a great bunch of communities and a great bunch of people,” said Angeconeb during her remarks towards the end of the night.
Angeconeb is looking to stay busy during retirement, especially with a continued interest in education and in the community.
“I’m looking forward to my retirement for sure. It’ll be a big change, but I’ll probably be looking at different little projects to work on because my heart is still with education and the community. We’ll see what new opportunities come up,” Angeconeb concluded.