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OFIFC Honours Lloyd Michon, who dedicated his life to his Community and Country
Toronto, On, May 27, 2015 – It is with heavy hearts that the OFIFC has learned of the passing of Lloyd Michon, who died Monday, May 25, at the age of 82. Lloyd was a Status Indian and Elder of Fort William First Nation who served his community and the nation with active service and a lifetime of volunteering for his people. Lloyd leaves behind his wife Elsie, six children and many grandchildren.
Lloyd was born on the Fort William First Nation in 1932. In 1950, at the age of 18, Lloyd joined the Canadian Army and was sent to Korea with PPCLI 1st Battalion as a paratrooper. There, he was wounded and sent to Japan for hospitalization and recuperation. He was then posted to Germany as part of the postwar occupational forces. He remained there until 1955 when he took his release from the army.
Upon return to his community, Lloyd became very active in the community and, over the years, has been involved with The Ontario Metis Association, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Thunder Bay Multicultural Association, the North of Superior Counselling Program, the Korean Veterans Association, and the Northern Ontario Aboriginal Veterans.
In late 1960’s, Lloyd was very active in the Friendship Centre Movement and in 1972, was instrumental in the establishment of the Thunderbird Friendship Center in Geraldton. Since then, he has actively served with the Friendship Centres, most recently as President of the Board and as the Geraldton representative to the Board of Directors of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres.
Lloyd’s achievements have made positive impacts in the Aboriginal community in Ontario through his dedication to raising awareness of urban Aboriginal people and the role that Friendship Centres play in providing programs and services to communities throughout Ontario. Lloyd’s 40 years of experience in the Friendship Centre Movement allowed him to share insight with many as to how things used to be and how others can move forward in a good way.
Lloyd’s service to Canada has not gone unnoticed. In 2012, in a medal ceremony aboard a navy battle ship in Thunder Bay’s harbour, Lloyd and his nephew Frank Michon, received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for their military service and ongoing community involvement.
In 2013, Lloyd received an Ontario Senior Achievement Award – the province’s highest honour for seniors over 65 – in recognition of seniors who have made an outstanding contribution to their community through voluntary or professional activities.
Lloyd will be greatly missed but fondly remembered for his strength, his gentleness and leadership in his community and throughout the province. There will be a visitation this Friday, May 29 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, at the Thunderbird Friendship Centre, 301 Beamish Avenue W., Geraldton, Ontario, and a Funeral Mass, on Saturday, May 30 at 1:00pm at St. Theresa R.C. Church, Third Street N., Geraldton, Ontario.
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