Kamloops resident Basil Morissette has dedicated more than 40 years of service to improving the lifestyles and economic opportunities of Aboriginal people in British Columbia.
Known by many as “Buzz” Morissette, he was a founding member of the original Native Courtworker Program, the first and vital bridge over the gulf between the justice system and aboriginal people. Over the years he became a household name for many Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people in Vancouver’s downtown east side where he counselled people in need.
He is a founding member of the friendship centre movement which, 40 years later, continues to offer programs and services in more than 100 communities nation-wide. Much of that work has been voluntary, as has his work in Native housing and daycare.
Buzz Morissette has shown his ability to work with virtually everyone to accomplish his goals, and has become a role model for many young people who consider him to be a mentor and trusted friend.
A Native Elder once said that “A real man is a man who speaks from his heart, acts only as he is capable and never portrays something he is not”. “Buzz” Morissette fits that description.