Mar Rathbone

Mar Rathbone, seen from the chest up, wearing a white shirt, yellow neckalce, and smiling

Marlene Rathbone passed away in July 2023. Her legacy and wisdom are deeply entrenched into the values and mission of EMPaCT. Marlene’s message was simple, “Be kind, be compassionate and just listen.”

I am a middle-aged, indigenous woman. My reserve is the Crees of Waskaganish First Nations. I was a part of the Sixties Scoop when indigenous people were taken away from their families and raised in non-indigenous homes. I worked at Anishnawbe Health as an outreach worker.

I advocate for eliminating racism and discrimination towards all races and cultures. I am a promoter of showing love and kindness towards all people. I believe in equality for all people because we are all unique in our own ways, and we all have something special to offer the world.

Graphic of puzzle pieces and the title EMPaCT