The Pacific Association of First Nations Women is proud to have worked with Joy Chalmers since April 1, 2003. Joy was dedicated to enriching the lives of Indigenous children, youth and families through our Home Care Services, Mentor Me and Urban Butterflies programs.

Joy Chalmers was a pillar of strength and resilience and had dedicated her life to the work of the Pacific Association of First Nations Women. She founded and managed our Home Care Services and brought our business from one employee to over 40. She worked tirelessly to provide Indigenous children in care with connection to cultural teachings and outings on her weekends. From the Urban Butterflies program to Mentor Me, Joy had touched many lives. We are very proud and fortunate to have had her working with our Association and providing much needed supports to our families who are struggling with child apprehension.

PAFNW would like to thank Joy’s family for sharing her with us all these years. We are grateful for the lasting legacy she has created. May she rest in peace.

On June 9, 2021, a celebration of life and pipe ceremony was held in Joy’s honour. We’d like to thank Elder Aline LaFlamme for leading the ceremony and everyone who attended for showing their love and support.

To donate to Joy’s family, please e-transfer to

We acknowledge and are grateful to be working within the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the
Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Peoples.
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