By Katie Watt
Every year, the Summit Youth Centre selects a notable and accomplished Valley resident to honour with a formal dinner celebration. This year, Debra Fisher was selected as the individual of the evening on Saturday, May 4th. The Pioneer caught with Ms. Fisher that night to learn a little bit more about her:
Mrs. Fisher was born and raised in the Valley. She is a proud Metis woman, and an even prouder mother and wife. Mrs. Fisher was being honoured in recognition of her work with youth in the Valley last Saturday.
“Children are our future,” she says. “Every kid deserves a happy and healthy life, but some of them don’t get that, and those are the ones I gravitate towards.”
Mrs. Fisher has three children of her own, but more 35 youth have lived with her and her husband at some point, through both traditional and non-traditional foster care. As a career, she devoted her time to working with youth. She began as a special education teacher, and then served as an Aboriginal support worker for 20 years. Mrs. Fisher often helps youth by connecting them with their culture.
“Sometimes, she supports children who don’t even know that they need help,” says Sherry Doerr, a representative from Summit Youth Centre. “Each youth she helps in a unique way. For example, if a youth feels lost on their path, she’ll help them make moccasins to guide them.”
While a leader among many, Mrs. Fisher says that she wouldn’t have been there without the support of her children and husband. “I feel like they should be right beside me (being honoured).”