Memorial to Dr. Allis Sawyer
Dr. Allis Sawyer (a.k.a. Pakki Chipps)
Dr. Sawyer (Pakki Chipps) played an important role in helping to develop PSDI from its early years and contributed significantly to research, web design and training courses development.
Dr. Sawyer was an ethnobotanist with a Ph.D. in Education (Curriculum and Instruction) and Ethnobotany from the University of Victoria.
Dr. Sawyer was active in First Nations language and culture presentations and had a special interest in medicinal plants. She taught Ethnobotany, Environmental Studies and Traditional Ecology courses at both Royal Roads University and the University of Victoria. A member of the Beecher Bay First Nation, Dr. Sawyer was also an accomplished artist. Her artwork can be seen at ChamastArt on Behance.