Greyeyes is heavily involved in many events both in and out of the local Aboriginal community, including organizing the Spirit of the Peace Powwow and the annual Sisters in Spirit March. She also runs a healing support group for local women, and is the president of the Success By Six Aboriginal Head Start Program that exposes Aboriginal children to their traditional culture.
She was nominated by Holly Hanson, who says the mother of two “gives selflessly” to the community.
“She gives in so many ways and does not stop even when adversity gets in the way. She leads by example in all areas of her life and gives whatever is needed to help those in need,” she wrote in her nomination letter. “She gives her number to women who have suffered abuse, answers her phone in the middle of the night even if they just need to talk. When she says she is there for someone, she is there, whenever, no matter what.”
Greyeyes is also known to cook for elders and families in need, and advocates for the local Women’s Resource Centre. Unable to attend the ceremony, Greyeyes says she was surprised by the nomination, and even more shocked when she found out she won over Facebook.
“I have to say that I felt pretty humbled that someone took the time to nominate me and thought of me as someone who was making a difference,” she says, adding, “When you receive acknowledgement for something you have a passion for, it is such an honour… I’m honoured.”
When she made the choice to life a lifestyle free of drugs and alcohol, Greyeyes says she also decided to make a difference in others’ live and “repay” for the good fortune she says she’s had. Winning this award only affirms for her that she’s done the right thing by dedicating her to bettering her community.
“It means that maybe I am doing something right and good,” she says. “That someone that sits in our women’s circle gets the courage to leave and stand up for themselves. That a family has hope for their loved one and feels supported when they go missing or have been found murdered.”