Reverend Lily Bell wins Lions’ Lifetime Achievement Award

She loves dancing, singing and the colour yellow.

She is a Raven, and a matriarch of the Kyaan usilii clan.

She started the Care and Share lunch over 20 years ago, donating her own food and cooking all that time.

She has blessed the boats, the return of salmon to the Yakoun, and the opening of Chief Matthews School.

Those were just a few of the clues hinting at the mystery winner of a special Lifetime Achievement Award from the Masset Haida Lions on Sunday: Reverend Lily Bell.

“She is a rock for the people of Haida Gwaii and is there for everyone in their time of need,” said Lion Josh Smith before presenting Rev. Bell with a raven/cross argillite carving commissioned from Miles Edgars.

The Masset Haida Lions normally recognize a Citizen of the Year every Harbour Day, but they quickly realized that Bell’s community-boosting resumé was so long it deserved something special.

Whether teaching Sunday school and ECE classes, becoming a foster parent or supporting Restorative Justice programs, Bell has long been a super volunteer.

She is also a cancer survivor. In a letter, her daughter Ivy said as long as she can remember, her mother has always been busy helping others.

“Our mom did so much that when she was struck with breast cancer, I prayed that it would slow her down,” she joked.

It didn’t happen.

The carving the Masset Haida Lions commissioned has an inscription at the base that says Xaaynang Jing Gin’laa Gii Isdaa / A long life of giving back.

When Rev. Bell was presented the award at the Masset Legion on Sunday, her response was true to form — she danced back down the aisle, raised her arms and sang haw’aa to everyone in the room.

“I can’t describe it, it’s beautiful,” she said.


(Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Just Posted

Masset dodges empty-ballot bullet

After an extended deadline, Masset now has enough candidates for council

Sunny skies for Terry Fox Run

Queen Charlotte and Masset runs raise nearly $3,000 for cancer research

Masset short on council candidates, other communities okay

Nominations deadline for Masset council extended to 4 p.m. Monday

Fishing boat ‘Haida Legend’ sinks off Langara Island

All crew rescued by nearby sport fishers, boat was re-fitted in late 2016

Last day to run for Oct. 20 election

Candidates have until 4 p.m. today to file nomination packages

Canning sockeye by hand in North Coast B.C.

Arnie Nagy teaches the Northern View how to can salmon in Prince Rupert

Vancouver park board passes motion to learn Indigenous place names

The name of Vancouver’s Stanley Park is now up for debate as the city’s park board confronts its colonial past and pursues reconciliation.

Champ golfer from Spain killed in Iowa; suspect charged

Police said Celia Barquin Arozamena was found dead Monday morning at Coldwater Golf Links in Ames, about 30 miles north of Des Moines.

Abdelrazik torture lawsuit delay would be unconscionable: lawyer

The federal government is making a last-minute plea to delay the Federal Court hearing

Trudeau upset after meeting with Saskatchewan chiefs

Trudeau is upset about how time was managed in a recent meeting

B.C. tent city ‘devastated’ after flash flood

Maple Ridge mayor says that residents shouldn’t have to return to their flooded tents

Filipino-Canadians concerned about family after typhoon hits Philippines

Typhoon Mangkhut has killed 66 people in the Philippines and four in China

Ottawa looks at having retired judge help guide renewed pipeline review process

The feds would only says that ‘multiple options were on the table’

Canada bans use of trans fats in food products

Trans fats are know to cause heart disease

Most Read