Doris Pratt Wins YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award

SIOUX  VALLEY ELDER DORIS  PRATT

WINS  YWCA  LIFETIME  ACHIEVEMENT  AWARD

One of Brandon’s major fundraising events each year is the YWCA Brandon “Women of Distinction Awards Gala,” held annually at the Keystone Centre’s UCT Pavilion.  All proceeds from this Gala support the mission of the YWCA Brandon which is: “Working to empower women and their families through supportive programs and services.”

This year, the 28th annual awards gala was held on Thursday, March 12, 2015.  Approximately 350 people were in attendance at the gala, and 20 women were nominated for awards of distinction.

Each year, the awards gala showcases and acknowledges outstanding women from within the communities of Brandon, Westman and the Parkland regions who have reached various milestones in their personal and professional careers.  These women are noted as role models within their communities through their contributions to the well-being of women and girls.

We are very proud to announce and congratulate Elder Doris Pratt of Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, who is the 2015 recipient of the “Lifetime Achievement Award.”

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT

 

Elder Doris Pratt, also known as Duzahan Mani Win (“Walks Fast Woman”), from Wipazoka Wakpa (Sioux Valley Dakota Nation), draws from the goodness of her heart and the compassion she holds for her Dakota people by retaining and revitalizing the language and culture.Doris+Pratt

Elder Doris Pratt, also known as Duzahan Mani Win (“Walks Fast Woman”), from Wipazoka Wakpa (Sioux Valley Dakota Nation), draws from the goodness of her heart and the compassion she holds for her Dakota people by retaining and revitalizing the language and culture.

 

She earned her bachelor of teaching degree, bachelor of education degree and master’s in education from Brandon University, and holds an educational specialist degree from the University of Arizona.  She’s a recognized official translator of the Government of Canada Translation Bureau.  She strives to instill pride and motivation in her students, teaching staff and the community.

 

Elder Doris Pratt photo and biography reprinted from the Brandon Sun, March 7, 2015