Fondly known as “Mother Nature”, and a healer
A large group gathered at the Shuswap Museum on June 21st 2022, to celebrate the life and work and wisdom of Dr. Mary Thomas, a Secwepemc Elder. The event was held at the Salmon Arm Museum at the R.J. Haney Heritage Village to offer a blessing and open a new, two-year exhibit dedicated to Dr. Mary.
It was National Indigenous Peoples Day, as well as Mid-Summer’s Eve – two fitting dates to say kukwstsétsemc (thank you) to Dr. Mary and to take up her legacy of harmony with the natural world and healing of people and places.
Bonnie Thomas, pictured above, is the youngest daughter of Dr. Mary Thomas, and helped curate the exhibit – which will continue to grow over the next two years.
The Sorrento Centre will be encouraging all of our guests to take the time to get to know Dr. Mary and her life of love and wisdom by visiting the exhibit in nearly Salmon Arm.
On this, National Indigenous Peoples’ Day, we are grateful to be able to live, work, play and pray on the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwepemc people – who have lived on this land since time immemorial practicing virtues of harmony and generosity. We acknowledge, and seek to carry forward, the teachings and the healing wisdom of Dr. Mary Thomas.