Submitted By Stella A.M. Terry
Long-serving Seton Lake Band Chief and Councillor Herb Patrick was recently honored for his 40 years of community service and his life designation as Grand Chief.
His designation as Grand Chief was bestowed upon him in recognition of his status as one of the founding members of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs (UBCIC).
Herb was totally surprised when he entered a grandly decorated Crane Hall and the gathered crowd shouted in unison: 'Surprise! He would have fallen backward were it not for the support of his son Leo Patrick. Everyone joined in spontaneously singing of 'For Hes A Jolly Good Fellow.
After being seated, Chief Garry John gave a welcoming and congratulatory address, then MC Leo Patrick invited the guests to tell their favourite 'Herb stories it was a 'Herb Roast. Many people attested to his patience, the examples he has set, and his role as a single parent. Some remembered the rowdy days of softball and baseball, working in construction, and life at the residential school. His sister, Janice McGillis, gave an excellent rendition of a song she wrote to the tune of 'Hello Dolly that kept the crowd laughing and clapping.
Among those attending were Grand Chief Saul Terry, Grand Chief Desmond Peters, and former chiefs Desmond Peters Jr. and Victor Adrian. Chief Garry John, Councillor and former chief Rod Louie and Elder Lillian Link completed the list of those seated at the head table. Each was called upon to give a congratulatory message after the potluck smorgasbord provided by the whole community was over. A beautiful cake made by Karen Loughheed made a beautiful dessert.
Next came the presentations. Herb was again surprised, this time by a brown recliner presented to him by Rod Louie on behalf of the community. A plaque commemorating his '40 Years of Service to the Community was presented by Garry John, who also presented a beautiful eagle carving on behalf of the present chief and council. Then, as Herb is known to board the shuttle almost daily, he was presented with a lifetime pass. The celebrations were closed by hand drummers who rendered two honour songs.
Bridge River Lillooet News May 25th 2005.USLCES Home page.