Celebrating Success and Raising Awareness of FASD in Manitoba

It is with heavy hearts…

It is with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the passing of Elder, Velma Orvis, who passed away April 24th, 2020.

With Thanks and Gratitude 

Elder Velma Orvis will be fondly remembered for her kindness, gentle spirit of collaboration and unwavering respect for everyone she met.  Velma was the first Elder the members of the provincial Looking After Each Other project, an initiative of the MB FASD Coalition, engaged with in 2014/15 as they began working on a project to raise the dignity of all those impacted by FASD.  Velma was there every step of the way emulating dignity through her words of encouragement, personable stories, humor and meaningful teachings.

Elder Velma Orvis leading the group in their naming ceremony.

Velma will be greatly missed by all those who had the pleasure of getting to know her. Her obituary can be accessed at https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/velma-orvis-elder-dies-winnipeg-1.5545785