In Memory of Marlene Lanz

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December 11, 1943 – August 25, 2018

On August 25, 2018 the Métis Nation suffered a great loss. Marlene Lanz, President of Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) Region Three, passed away at the age of 74. Marlene served as Region Three President for 12 years and dedicated her life to the betterment of Métis in Alberta.

Born and raised in High Prairie, Marlene lived in Medicine Hat for 25 years before moving to Peace River in 1989 to work for the MNA. She started many successful programs in Region Six, including a series of workshops on how to start a business. In 1991, Marlene transferred to the Region Three office in Calgary and continued her efforts until 1994. After strong encouragement from the citizens in Region Three, Marlene ran for Vice President of the region and was elected in 1996. She served three terms as Vice President before being elected President in 2006.

Marlene dedicated her life to preserving our history. She worked tirelessly on projects at Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site, Tail Creek and Boss Hill Campgrounds, and Big Valley to name a few. Her legacy is enshrined in these places for visitors to enjoy and remember for years to come.

Marlene’s unwavering effort to make a difference, coupled with her social consciousness has made her name synonymous with kindness and generosity. We would not be where we are today without her tireless commitment to the betterment of Métis across the country. She will not be forgotten.

We send our deepest condolences to Marlene’s husband and family.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, August 30, 2018 6pm – 8pm at McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North, Calgary, AB.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 1, 2018 1pm at Executive Royal Hotel, 2828 23 St Northeast, Calgary, AB.

Those wishing to send a message of condolence may do so here.