'He made an impact': Inuvik school remembering young educator who died suddenly

There will be a memorial service in Inuvik Wednesday night to remember Bradley Charlie, a young man who passed away suddenly in March.

Charlie was an education assistant at the town's East Three School. Both students and staff say the 22-year-old, who was from Fort McPherson, N.W.T., was a positive role model.

Eleven-year-old Fletcher Dares hopes the memorial will help people understand "how great of a guy he was."

Charlie's mother, Marlene Snowshoe, says a funeral was held in Fort McPherson, but they always wanted to hold something for him in Inuvik. She says the whole family will be at the memorial Wednesday.

"I know there are a lot of students in Inuvik that really looked up to Bradley while he was working in the school there, and this will be a healing for them too," Snowshoe said.

"It will be closure for all of us."

She said her son always enjoyed working with children.

"He just wanted to help them, and help them to keep going to school, and keep going on in life rather than quitting."

Community involvement

Charlie was quite involved in Inuvik's Lighthouse Community Church after he returned from ministry school in Texas last summer. He also helped run the Lights On program in Inuvik, which gave kids in the community a place to gather on Saturdays.

Teacher Sharla Greenland says Charlie had very positive relationships with the students.

"This will be a good opportunity just to celebrate who he was and the legacy he left," Greenland said.

"I know he made an impact, not just on the students but many, many adults within the school and the community."

The memorial will start at 5 p.m. Wednesday at East Three School.