Florence Paynter [M.Ed. 1991]

Florence Paynter

Sandy Bay First Nation
Elder and Award-winning Educator

What inspires you?
What inspires me is our people who never give up no matter what. I learned to challenge myself and to set some goals for myself and family. My late parents taught us well and grounded us in our traditions and that has made a difference in how I dealt with challenges. I greatly admire the resiliency in the young people as they too are encouraged by family and friends to try their best in everything they do. Despite the challenges, they too will achieve their goal.

What is your advice to current Indigenous university students and the 2014 Indigenous graduates of the University of Manitoba?
My message to the students and the graduates is that you make us all proud. In the wisdom of the Elders, “honour of one is the honour of all."

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