First Nations Elder

Books can entertain as well as teach us, they can speak directly to our soul and even allow us to realize we aren’t alone in this world.

Please meet Our First Nations Elder, Lillian Rose Howard.  We are very honoured and blessed to have Lillian join our READ TO LEAD TO SUCCEED community. Lillian is from the Mowachaht / Muchalaht First Nation and is of Nuu-chah-nulth, Kwakwaka’wakw and Tlingit ancestry.

Lillian’s journey as a bibliophile started at a very young age.  In the early 1950s, her parents would travel once a month, on a ferry from Vancouver Island to Vancouver. Her parents would visit the Vancouver Public Library and borrow books for her and her siblings to read, educate and inspire themselves.  

Lillian and her siblings were always excited upon their parents return, scouring over the books that they borrowed from the library.  With very little electricity to read in the evenings, Lillian spent many nights reading under the covers of her bed with a flashlight.  She was hooked on books.

When Lillian read books, the stories in them would transport her from the world into the world within the pages of the book, where everything was different. By reading books, Lillian got a glimpse of other cultures and places. She expanded her horizons, by seeing other countries, other people and so many other things she had never seen or imagined. Lillian fell in love with the world and wanted to travel and visit the places she read about, especially South America.  And she has, many times throughout her life.

To date, Lillian has read over ten of thousands of books. The more she reads, the more enlightened she has become.

Lillian Rose Howard, READ TO LEAD TO SUCCEED’s First Nations Elder

 “Reading can take you places you have never been before.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Artist / Author Bill Helin

We are very excited to announce that Bill Helin will be designing our front-frame for the miniature libraries. Bill is a Tsimshian/Norweigan/Finlander artist, drumming enthusiast, book writer/illustrator and designer from Naniamo, BC. Bill studied at the famous ‘Ksan Indian Art School of BC’ where he learned traditional design, tool making, wood carving, and jewelry engraving under Tsimshian master artists.

Some of his accomplishments include designing the patch worn by astronauts on the U.S. space shuttle Columbia in 1996. Astronaut patch for Bob Thirsk his 2011 ISS 6 month mission and the carving of the “world’s largest” (192 foot tall) totem pole known as the Spirit of Lekwammen, carved for the Commonwealth Games in Victoria to symbolize unity amongst all Tribes and Nations of the world.

Bill has illustrated over 110 children’s Guided Reading books for Strong Nations Publishing. READ TO LEAD TO SUCCEED is grateful for the support from Strong Nations Publishers who have kindly donated books for the First Nations miniature libraries.