On Jan. 26, Marguerite Lafferty hit the triple digit mark and celebrated with a few of her favourite things – friends, family, cake and police sirens.  

Daniel Gunn, the clinical care coordinator at the Behchoko Long Term Care Facility, explained that Lafferty always laughs and claps when police sirens go by, so the staff coordinated with RCMP to put on a parade for her to watch from the window. 

Gunn said Lafferty enjoyed the display and sat at the window watching and waving. 

Lafferty, a Tlicho Elder, was born in Wekweeti in the bush. 

She met her husband near Behchoko and that’s where they built their home and where Lafferty spent much of her life as a homemaker for her four children. 

In attendance for the celebration, was Lafftery’s niece and two of her siblings, one of who also lives at the facility. 

Lafferty has been a resident at the long term care home for six years. She is affectionately referred to as Mogoo, though Gunn wasn’t sure of the nicknames’ origin. 

He said the staff and residents came together to decorate their grand hall and celebrated the milestone with snacks, cake and music.

Though Gunn explains Lafferty does have some dementia, he said she is active and doing well. 

“She definitely was smiling and laughing and clapping through the celebration,” he said.

Natalie Pressman

Reporting courts and cops and general news, Natalie started with NNSL Media in 2020. Before moving to Yellowknife, Natalie worked as a community radio trainer in Iskatewizaagegan #39 Independent First...

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