Sandra (Sandy) Millar was called home to join her Creator on September 6th after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Sandy was born to James Millar and the late Pauline Schnell September 26, 1952, in Edmonton, Alberta. She married the love of her life, the late Al Oda, in 1988 and they spent their years together exploring other countries and cultures.
Sandy experienced many tumultuous times in her earlier years, and it was through the unconditional support of her great friend and mentor, Hidden Wolf, that she found peace and her purpose here, supporting the healing of the community around her. Sandy’s focus was mainly on the youth of our community and she dedicated the later part of her life to working with youth with addiction and mental health issues. Sandy spent many years working for the Friendship Centre as the Aboriginal Youth Outreach Worker, then later contracted with the school district, developing and teaching an aboriginal focused drug and alcohol program, and most famous and well-known by many for her Hoop Dance classes. Sandy also opened her heart and her home to many children in foster care.
Sandy is survived by her father, James Millar; stepmother Gherdi Winters; sisters Shelley Gold, Shawna Gold, and Shannon McCarvill; step-sister Dianne Blask; step-brother Daryll Sheeler; and numerous nieces and nephews. Also special friends Hidden Wolf, Daisy, Shelley, Robin, Sandra, Colleen, Susan, Kevin, Tania, BeBe, and especially Michelle, and so many of our community’s children. Predeceased by mother, Pauline Schnell, brother James (Jimmy) Millar, and husband Al Oda.
There will be a gathering of friends and family in honour of Sandy on Saturday, October 5th, 3 pm, in Polson Park, southwest corner. All are welcome. Potluck (please bring a dish to share), please bring your drums, and a chair or blanket. Everyone welcome to share their thoughts, memories, and kind words.
In lieu of flowers, Sandy would like donations to be made to the healing centre of your choice.
“May the Creator bless your day.”