Dr. Ian Arra honoured by Saugeen Ojibway Nation

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GREY-BRUCE – The Grey Bruce Board of Health had the opportunity to view the YouTube video of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, marking one year since the pandemic began.

The ceremony recognized Dr. Ian Arra, medical officer of health, for his work in keeping people safe and healthy during the pandemic. He was presented with an eagle feather, as a symbol of his invaluable contributions to the health, safety and welfare of the communities.

Chief Greg Nadjiwon said there had been only two positive cases of COVID-19 in community. Regarding the vaccine, he said the elders are elated.

The Chief outlined the work of the community emergency response team over the past year, and the efforts made in keeping everyone safe.

Also participating in the ceremony were two members of the joint council of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation – Vernon Roote and Nick Saunders. Saunders now sits on the board of health.

Arra said he was “speechless and honoured” to be so recognized.

At the board meeting on March 26, he said, “I’m speechless again.” He added, “Nothing prepared me for this honour,” and said the eagle feather will have a place of honour in his home, always.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times