In Memoriam of our Elder, Friend, and Captain, Alvin Myhre

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It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our dear Elder, Friend, and Captain of the Hunt for the Lower Mainland, Alvin Myhre.

Alvin was dearly regarded by all who had the privilege to have known him and spent time in his presence.  He was a tremendous asset to not only his community but to our Nation.  His contributions at the community level as well as his involvement and contributions within the BC Assembly of Natural Resources to which he served as a Captain for the past few years is immeasurable and the loss we all feel now is undescribed.

On behalf of our Ministry of Natural Resources, Board of Directors, Staff and our Métis Nation, our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers go out to Alvin’s family and loved ones during this very difficult time.

Alvin will be forever in our hearts and never forgotten.

~ MNBC President Clara Morin Dal Col

Obituary of Alvin Roy Myhre

April 8, 1930 – February 24, 2018

On February 24, 2018, at 87 years of age, Alvin Roy Myhre, with family at his side, passed away peacefully to be with the Lord.

On April 8, 1930 in Maidstone, Saskatchewan, Alvin Roy was born to Lillian (Leslie) Myhre and Olaf Myhre. Alvin had 5 siblings, with his loving sister Marjorie remaining with us today. On July 7, 1956, Alvin exchanged marriage vows with Donna May Eloise (Gougeon) Myhre, and they went on to have three children: Bryan Myhre (Sandra), Carol Myhre and Heather Myhre, 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Following his Masters Degree with distinction in Educational Leadership, Alvin served as superintendent of schools in Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon; further, he was elected as President of the Canadian Association of School Administrators, served as a director of the Canadian Education Association and was a dynamic speaker at annual conventions and university lectures.

Prior to his 1985 retirement, Alvin was recognized for his professional contribution to education by four different provincial and national educational associations in “Recognition of Outstanding Service to the Association and to Education in Canada”. Alvin was also presented the Governor General of Canada medal for service to his profession.

Throughout the years Alvin also served his church and the community in various leadership roles.

He was a proud Citizen of Métis Nation British Columbia and served as the Métis Elder representative for the Métis Nation BC on the Surrey School District Aboriginal Education Council.

Alvin held the title as Captain of the Hunt with the BC Métis Assembly of Natural Resources for the Lower Mainland.

Alvin was married to the love of his life for 61 years and would have celebrated his 62nd anniversary on July 7, 2018. 

Alvin was a deeply compassionate, respectful, courageous, and resourceful Christian man with a wonderful sense of humor, which he maintained throughout his lifetime and during his last few days with his loving family and many lifelong friends.

Alvin was an engaging and delightful teller of stories to his children and grandchildren; he was an avid curler, golfer, dancer and billiards player. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time in the wilderness.

Alvin’s stories will always live in the hearts of those that had the honour to have known him. His final words were “I am very happy and feel at peace”.

We welcome all to the celebration of life on Saturday, March 17, 2:00 pm. at St. Mark’s (Ocean Park) Anglican Church, 12953 20th Avenue, Surrey, BC.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Indspire, a national indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada.

(Walkey & Company Funeral Directors 604 738-0006)

Photo: Alvin in his earlier Trapping days

Photo: (Alvin and family) taken at the 2016 MNBC Métis Nation Governing Assembly (L-R) daughters: Carol Myhre; Heather Myhre and loving wife Donna.