The NCCABC Board of Directors and staff offer our sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Leslie Clarence Taylor (Numas), a highly respected Native Courtworker who passed away October 29, 2021 in Campbell River, BC.
The Association acknowledges the profound loss of this deeply respected colleague who will be deeply missed. Les was a tireless worker and dedicated advocate who was involved in countless initiatives and activities. The roles he played always aligned with his goals of providing valuable services to Indigenous people and the justice system.
A member of the GWA’SALA-NAKWAXDA’XW First Nations, Les began his career with the Association in April 1992 servicing the communities of Port Hardy, Alert Bay and Heiltsuk First Nations. He relocated to the community of Terrace and covered the communities of Prince Rupert, Dease Lake, Kitimat, New Aiyansh and Terrace. For 29 years he held and shared his experiences, knowledge, and wisdom. He was an inspiration to all of us and his strength and leadership will always be remembered.
“On behalf of the NCCABC Board and staff, Les will be remembered for his pride and love of his people and his culture” said Darryl Shackelly, NCCABC Executive Director.
He held many accomplishments over the course of his life including his long history with Round Lake Treatment Centre and k’awat’si Economic Development Corporation, which served as a testament to his drive to foster a better quality of life for Indigenous people.
Les was honoured at a Celebration of Life service on November 12, 2021.