The Pacific Association of First Nations Women is proud to have worked with Joy Chalmers since April 1, 2003. Joy was dedicated to enriching the lives of Indigenous children, youth and families through our Home Care Services, Mentor Me and Urban Butterflies programs.

Joy Chalmers was a pillar of strength and resilience and had dedicated her life to the work of the Pacific Association of First Nations Women. She founded and managed our Home Care Services and brought our business from one employee to over 40. She worked tirelessly to provide Indigenous children in care with connection to cultural teachings and outings on her weekends. From the Urban Butterflies program to Mentor Me, Joy had touched many lives. We are very proud and fortunate to have had her working with our Association and providing much needed supports to our families who are struggling with child apprehension.

PAFNW would like to thank Joy’s family for sharing her with us all these years. We are grateful for the lasting legacy she has created. May she rest in peace.

On June 9, 2021, a celebration of life and pipe ceremony was held in Joy’s honour. We’d like to thank Elder Aline LaFlamme for leading the ceremony and everyone who attended for showing their love and support.

To donate to Joy’s family, please e-transfer to

2 thoughts on “In Loving Memory of Joy Chalmers

  1. Thank you for posting this wonderful biography of Joy. I am her older brother, and I was always so proud of what she has done for PAFNW, and First Nations women in Vancouver. She died too young, but I think many of the hundreds of First Nations people whose lives she touched are all the richer for it!

  2. So sad to hear about Joy’s passing. She was such a lovely lady. I worked with Joy at Drake International in the mid nineties, she just brought a smile to my face. I will never forget the wonderful baby shower she planned for me. Thank you Joy!

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