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DailyNews photo, from left: Gord Carruth (photo by Alan Dean Photography), Gordon Guyatt, Pat Saunders and Bertha Skye (photos by Carole and Roy Timm)

McMaster Indigenous elder and three graduates named to Hamilton Gallery of Distinction

A McMaster Indigenous elder and three graduates are among six outstanding citizens to be named to the Hamilton Gallery of Distinction this year.

Sep 30, 2019

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The 2019 inductees include leaders in medicine, education, theatre, environmentalism, community improvement, mentorship and civic engagement. Each has made a lasting contribution to Hamilton. They will be inducted at the 36th annual gala dinner Tuesday, Nov. 12 at LiUNA Station....

Bertha Skye An Indigenous leader in education and the culinary arts alike, Bertha Skye is respected as a supportive, sharing person who makes a significant difference in the lives she touches. Skye was born in northern Saskatchewan where she began to hone her passion for traditional cooking. At the age of 17 she began her culinary career as a cook for the Prince Albert Residential School. At the 1992 World Culinary Olympics, Skye competed on a team of Indigenous chefs that won 11 medals, the most of any team, including the Grand Gold Medal. She moved to Six Nations of the Grand River more than 60 years ago, after marrying her husband Hubert Skye. For most of the last decade Skye has served as an elder at Mohawk College, McMaster University and Sheridan College, helping Indigenous students navigate their way to success, often through significant challenges. Other inductees include environmentalist Don McLean and community leader Judith McCulloch.