BCMF Director Rose Bortolon Passed Away over the Easter Weekend

BC Métis Federation staff and our Board of Directors are sending their condolences to the family of Rose Bortolon after learning that Rose passed away over this Easter long weekend. Rose was a Director on the BCMF Board and and a friend to all within the BCMF. She was a proud representative of her community and will be missed by many.

The funeral for Rose Bortolon is being held this Friday, May 3 at 10:00 AM at the Sacred Heart Church in Prince George.  There will be a celebration of life to follow at 1:00 PM at the Pineview Hall.  

7 Responses to BCMF Director Rose Bortolon Passed Away over the Easter Weekend

  1. Dale Haggerty April 23, 2019 at 5:33 pm #

    The Haggerty are sending their condolences to the family of Rose Bortolon

  2. April-McLean Collart April 23, 2019 at 6:56 pm #

    Rose was the reason that so many of us, especially the women, have a strong sense of what it is to be Métis… She worked tirelessly in Métis politics both for the MNBC and most recently as a Director and staunch supporter of the B.C. Métis Federation.
    Rose gave so much to the grassroots Métis of her community, and was the the mainstay of the Prince George Métis Elders. The Prince George Métis Elders chose a different direction, without Rose, and the group ultimately foundered.
    I would like to remember Rose as a Métis Superwoman! She was the superglue for the MNBC Ministry for Women, having been its Director for many years, before it became an elected position. She encouraged and supported me to run for this position and after I was elected (the first elected Provincial Minister for Métis Women in B.C.) Rose continued to mentor me, and I could not have had a better ally!
    Rose was, for many years, the elected Regional Director for Prince George and North Central BC with the MNBC. Rose fought tirelessly for Métis Education and Training, Métis Housing and also organized countless Métis Cultural and Music events! There are countless other organizations who owe a debt of gratitude to Rose and her gift of giving.
    Rose delighted in spending time with her girls and their families; encouraging them with their educational and sports endeavours. After her husband Angelo, the “love of her life” retired they travelled, never too far from a casino (did I mention Rose also loved bingo and a wee bit of gambling?) and never for too long as Rose had many things on the go with the Métis people, her family and friends!
    Rose was, first and foremost, a hard worker, a “giver”, one of the strongest women I have known, honest, kind, encouraging and loving…and she will be sadly missed…

    Until we meet again my friend…

    • Jenine Bortolon April 25, 2019 at 9:59 pm #

      That was beautiful April. Thank you.

  3. Leonard Laboucan April 23, 2019 at 8:12 pm #

    RIP Rose, condolences to the family

  4. E. Bitterman April 24, 2019 at 11:35 am #

    Our condolences to Rose’s family. A great comment April as to the work that Rose has contributed to the Metis community. We need more like her…

  5. Sharon Eyford April 24, 2019 at 1:29 pm #

    My family condolences to the family of Rose. She was a great lady and helped a lot of people when looking for ancestors and looking at ways to help the Metis Nation. She will be sorely missed by tons of people. She made such a difference in soooo many lives. God Bless her!!!

    Metis Elder

  6. Karin Hunt April 29, 2019 at 3:15 pm #

    Sending my sincere condolences to Rose’s family. She was a wonderful lady with a most excellent character. Most of all I remember how passionate Rose was to see the Metis nation flourish. She exuded the best of two leadership qualities in that she was unwaveringly determined and compassionate. It was a privilege to have known her.

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