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Remembering Gilbert Dion
Gilbert Dion, SEED’s Manager of Business Development Services, passed away at the Riverview Health Centre on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.
The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 16th at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Claude Roman Catholic Church in the community of St. Claude.
SEED’s staff and Board would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to Gilbert’s family and friends during this difficult time. He was very much loved and respected by his colleagues at SEED. We remember his advocacy for the most vulnerable among us, his uncompromising integrity and his wonderful sense of humour. He will be missed.
Gilbert first started working with SEED over a decade ago when the Louis Riel Capital Corporation partnered with us on developing an Aboriginal Build-A-Business program. His knowledge and expertise was critical to the success of this project. We were thrilled when he Joined SEED’s Board in 2008. He quickly assumed a leadership role and served as the Treasurer from 2009 to 2011 and Board President from 2011 to 2014. After stepping down from SEED’s Board, he continued to support our work as a consultant where he assisted with providing training to entrepreneurs who were working to escape poverty through self-employment. We eventually convinced him to join our staff team in 2016 as the Manager of Business Development Services. In this role, he was responsible for overseeing the provision of training, consulting, financing and after-care for entrepreneurs who were living on a low income. His other responsibilities included conducting feasibility studies and writing business plans for larger scale co-operative businesses and social enterprises. Gilbert was adept at outreach and building relationship and was the lead on much of SEED’s work with First Nations communities in Manitoba. His expertise was also recognized at the federal level. He was invited to join the Intergovernmental Federal Working Group as well as the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada’s Financial Literacy Working Group for Indigenous Peoples.