Remembering Harvey Kakegamic

Posted: May 16th, 2017

Tikinagan Child and Family Services’s management and staff were saddened to hear of the passing of former board chair and long-time friend Harvey Kakegamic, who passed away after a battle with cancer on the morning of May 3, 2017.

“His leadership, wealth of knowledge and understanding of our own people will never be forgotten,” says Lorraine Crane, current chair of the Tikinagan Board of Directors.

Harvey served on Tikinagan’s Board of Directors for 10 years, most of that as Board Co-Chair then as Board Chairperson. His commitment to Tikinagan’s vision was a valuable asset, especially his strong belief in finding the answers and solutions within the communities we serve.

Tikinagan benefited greatly from his expertise and guidance. In his Board service he provided strong leadership and dedication to the visions set out by our chiefs and to the spirit of Mamow Obiki-ahwahsoowin (everyone working together to raise our children). We appreciated his dedication to improving services at the community level and true caring for the children and families we serve.

Harvey was the recipient of the Oneesh Tam Key award in 2014, which is given annually by Tikinagan to people who have made an outstanding contribution to Tikinagan’s progress. Harvey exemplified all that this award stands for.

“We will miss his humour, his heart and his presence,” says Thelma Morris, Executive Director of Tikinagan. “He provided invaluable wisdom and leadership to the agency for a decade and was deeply connected to the communities we serve. His spirit will always be remembered here at Tikinagan.”

Tikinagan’s board and management send their deepest condolences to Harvey’s wife Lillian, his family and extended family, his many friends an d the community of Sandy Lake.