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Brenda Taylor

Oil on Canvas, 14 x 24, 1984

Brenda Taylor
Educator, Activist, Administrator and Fundraiser for Aboriginal Education
Kwakwaka'wakw (Kwagiutl)

Brenda Taylor
  • From Bella Bella, British Columbia.
  • Worked for the Vancouver School Board.

“When the wheels start turning, she produces endless ideas that provide others with a sense of direction.” - Patricia Richardson Logie

Patricia Logie paid Brenda Taylor a simple, profound compliment by saying, “Brenda’s mind is as big as her heart, so I painted just that; her head and her heart. Any more of her would have overshadowed the statement.” Given Taylor’s accomplishments, this is a fitting tribute – using her head and her heart, she has made great strides for First Nations students. Taylor’s dedication to multicultural and First Nations education led her to spend decades creating and maintaining programming with the Vancouver School Board, UBC’s Museum of Anthropology and the Bella Bella community to support First Nations youth. She is a practical problem solver, raising millions of dollars, organizing forums and educational conferences, and setting up job training to help those programs continue. Brenda Taylor inspires educators and leaders, and helps people find a sense of direction.

For more information about First Nations in B.C., resources available at UBC, or information about these individuals, visit the Resources section.

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