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Former OKIB councillor, Vernon school trustee Mollie Bono dies

Former Okanagan Indian Band councillor and school trustee Mollie Bono has died. Bono was a highly regarded member of the Okanagan Indian Band and a School District 22 Trustee who describe her as an educator, storyteller, activist, feminist and family member.
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February 18, 2021 - 2:21 PM

Former Okanagan Indian Band councillor and school trustee Mollie Bono has died.

Bono was a highly regarded member of the Okanagan Indian Band and a School District 22 Trustee who describe her as an educator, storyteller, activist, feminist and family member.

"Mollie was a strong supporter of Indigenous students and helped all of us on our path towards reconciliation," a Vernon school district media release reads.

According to the release, Bono began her career with the school district as an advocate for Indigenous students. In December 2008, she was elected as school trustee and was re-elected for each term thereafter.

"Although she has been absent from the board table due to illness, trustees were continually in contact with Mollie who was highly respected as a member of the board for her thoughtful and insightful perspectives on education," the release reads. "She will be deeply missed and our condolences go to her family, friends and the Okanagan Indian Band at this sad time."

Bono also served as a councillor for the Okanagan Indian Band being elected in 2007. She ran again twice winning her seat both times and remained on council until 2013.

The Social Planning Council for the North Okanagan said she was filled with "kindness and strength" and had a "quick wit" and an "arsenal full of knowledge and historical truths."


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