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Prince Albert chapter mourns the passing of Carole Naylor

The Council of Canadians Prince Albert chapter is mourning the loss of chapter activist Carole Naylor who passed away in a traffic accident yesterday afternoon.

Naylor had just completed her role as coordinator of the Grandmothers for Grandmothers free cookie table at the Seedy Saturday and Earth Day gathering in Prince Albert on April 22. That event included a climate justice march to City Hall in solidarity with the upcoming climate marches around the world this weekend.

As noted on their website, “The Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign seeks to raise awareness and mobilize support in Canada for Africa’s grandmothers.” Over the years the campaign has raised $10 million that is directed towards support such as food, housing grants, school fees for their grandchildren and grief counselling.

Naylor also supported various other causes including ending animal cruelty, supporting the mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods, calling for action to stop the growth of the tar sands, and promoting environmental justice.

Chapter activist Rick Sawa says, “Carole will be missed at our monthly Council of Canadians meetings.”

And chapter activist Nancy Carswell notes, “Carole was a unique 4H’er—head, heart, hands, and humour. Primary was her head-sense of social justice for all beings. After Earth Day 2016, Carole suggested the Prince Albert chapter feature a speaker on bees. When I arrived at Earth Day 2017, Carole proudly presented her bee themed t-shirt. Carole was there before me because of her heart-sense. It long ago led her to the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers Campaign. Her Prince Albert group graces our Earth Day event and gives away cookies. Carole’s hand-sense was unfailing. As usual, Carole’s hands helped dismantle the Council table and pack my vehicle.”

Carswell adds, “Best of all, Carole’s humour-sense made her fun to be with. She had a classic English sense of humour—dry and with a twist. While Carole’s death was a shock, her age was too. Her lively mind and body contradicted her 82 years. Carole’s head, heart, hands, and humour served the world well. They will continue to serve the world as an inspiration.”