Six Nations is mourning the loss of former elected Councillor Deborah Styres-Hill.
Styres-Hill passed away peacefully on Apr. 18 with her family by her side.
“Our hearts go out to Deborah’s family and friends as we mourn her extraordinary life,” said Elected Chief Mark Hill. “Deborah’s leadership and advocacy for the Six Nations Community will never be forgotten.”
Styres-Hill was an elected councillor for District Three from 1992 to 1995.
As a result of a by-election for the 48th elected council, Stynes-Hill was appointed for district three, replacing George Bomberry from 1992 to 1993. She was re-elected as councillor under the 49th elected council from 1994 to 1995.
She came to council on a mission to make a change, Six Nations of the Grand River elected council said in a press release.
“Her dedication to community and political advocacy is resounding today in education, employee wellness and special needs and mental health healthcare.”
During her time on council, she was on the board of directors for the Six Nations Special Services for Special People, now known as Ronatahskats (Six Nations Community Living). Additionally, she sat on the building committee for the building project of I.L. Thomas Elementary School.
During her second term, she participated in the review of council’s employment policy and sat on the election committee.
Elected Council expressed sympathy for the family.
“Our thoughts, prayers, and good medicine are with her loved ones through this difficult time. As we reflect on her life, we are honoured to witness her tremendous contributions to the Six Nations community.”