OCIP Vice Chief
A mighty and wise Hawk drifts high above; its wisdom is second to none. For it sees all, knows all that is under its charge. But only a foolish one would believe that it is holding itself up. No wind currents, gravity, a million other things keep it soaring so high. These other things are exactly like our Vice Chief, Laurie Fisher. She holds our Chief, just like that hawk up. Its Laurie’s wisdom, strength of character, experience, etc. that allows our Chief to view all and still react in a mindful way. In these modern times we often do not hear the word “Support”, but in Indigenous culture the idea of support is well rooted. So is Vice Chief Laurie’s support for our Chief, for she knows that any person, leader, chief must have someone there that will ever support them. All through our Indigenous culture this has been the pattern for both success and it’s the way to build stability. For often the Chief is pulled in many different directions, but our Vice Chief keeps adding her strength and wisdom so that Chief Mona can find the solid branch.
Another great lesson we learn from these Hawks is that we all need a companion on the journey of flight. Flying in the air is a dangerous place for those alone. But being together creates safety. It’s this same relationship that exists between the Chief and Vice Chief, for the halls of power just like the air has many threats and trials. When these two work together there is none that can bring them harm and their calls guide each other. If you don’t believe this, then just watch two Hawks hunting and you will see that they are always a team. So who’s in charge is not the issue, but getting the task completed is the important thing. This is how Vice Chief Laurie approaches her position, it’s not about power or the like, but getting the task done and serving the People of OCIP. Laurie’s reward is in the knowledge that she has served OCIP by supporting its Chief.
As a Hawk soars and protects from above, also as she brings food and wisdom.
So is our Vice Chief Laurie, Always there with Protection, Wisdom and Assistance.
Vice Chief Laurie is ever at the ready to help and Freely offers Her wisdom.