In Memory Of Chantelle Chornoby

Appreciate what you have and use it to your fullest potential because you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow.”
Chantelle Chornoby, 2009 National Aboriginal Role Model

Courageous, Inspiring, Resilient

It is with deep sympathy that NARMP and NAHO extend condolences to the loved ones of Chantelle Chornoby.

Chantelle Chornoby was recognized by the National Aboriginal Role Model Program in June 2009. At the time of the ceremony, she was undergoing treatment for leukemia and was unable to attend the gala. After fighting the disease for many years, Chantelle passed away on May 9, 2010 at the Health Science Centre in Winnipeg, MB.

“It is with both regret and the intent to celebrate her life that NAHO acknowledges the passing of 2009 National Aboriginal Role Model Chantelle Chornoby,” expressed Dr. Paulette C. Tremblay, CEO of NAHO. “This inspiring young woman is remembered as being a loving daughter, mother, sister, friend, niece, cousin and Role Model.”

Raised by her grandparents in War Lake First Nation, Manitoba, Chantelle learned the importance of respect for herself and others right from the start. At a very early age, she demonstrated that a positive outlook and attitude can get you through anything.

“Chantelle’s spirit, courage and resiliency remain with us and we are deeply grateful for her life,” says Karin Kettler, NARMP program coordinator.

One of Chantelle’s dreams was to travel across Canada inspiring Aboriginal people to be strong, confident and never give up on hope, no matter what their circumstances. She launched Chantelle’s Promise, a campaign that encourages Aboriginal people register with the OneMatch Stem and Marrow Network to become donors.

Chantelle will be deeply missed by many.

Memorial services were held in Winnipeg, Thompson and Ilford, Manitoba. Her funeral was on Saturday, May 15, 2010 in Ilford, Manitoba.

Financial donations can be sent to Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or One Match Stem Cell and Marrow Network in lieu of flowers.

Word of Remembrance from Fellow Role Models

“My dear friend Chantelle was a true inspiration to our people. She was a young mother, daughter, and grandchild who had unfaltering faith in our Creator. Chantelle was a true Role Model to all who had the honour of meeting her and I am grateful to have had her in my life. Chantelle’s dream was to visit and speak to young Aboriginal people across Canada to promote the Canadian Blood Services-One Match Registry in hopes of saving the lives of those who need blood, stem cell and bone marrow transplants.

I challenge all of our youth to promote the cause so Chantelle’s Promise will live on. Only 1% of the 220,000 people on the registry are of Aboriginal descent and it’s usually someone from your own ethnic background who can donate—had more of our people registered, Chantelle may have found her match. I promise to help keep her legacy alive and I hope you do to. Ekosani, ”

Shaneen Robinson, 2008 Role Model, Winnipeg, MB

“I’ve been fortunate enough to meet Chantelle. My few moments with her inspired me to appreciate life’s simplicity. A walk down the street, a breath of fresh air, a moment with a loved one. These are the things she fought for. I’m so grateful to have crossed paths with Chantelle.”

Damian Abrahams, 2009 Role Model, Edmonton, AB

Honourable Eric Robinson’s tribute to Chantelle Chornoby of the War Lake First Nation

Last Update: November 04 2010