FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8th, 2014
MP for Labrador
Yvonne Jones, Member of Parliament for Labrador offered these words on the passing of Mr. Blair Gillis:
“It is with a heavy heart that I was informed of the passing of Blair Gillis this week. Blair was a shining example of great leadership in Labrador; a man who helped build this Big Land into what it is today. Blair gave so much back to his community in a number of ways, including as Mayor of Cartwright, President of the Eagle River Development Association, and the major roles he played on many different boards over the past 20 plus years. He was truly a strong advocate for Cartwright and indeed all of the South coast of Labrador.
Blair Gillis grew up in Prince Edward Island, and came to Labrador with the Hudson’s Bay Company. Naturally, he fell in love with Labrador and never left. I had the privilege to work with Blair and call him my friend for a long time. He sat as an executive member on the Labrador Federal Liberal Riding Association, where his advice and guidance has always been very important to me. He was a dedicated Liberal member who contributed much to the Party and politics in Labrador over a number of years.
To Blair’s wife Vicki, and the whole Gillis family, I pass along my sincere condolences, and have you all in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.”
Christian von Donat