"For much of her 75 years, Mary Teya has been a voice for the church and for her people in her home community of Fort McPherson, N.W.T., and far beyond. Teya grew up in a large Gwich'in family". Throughout her life Teya has provided translation services to her community including the local Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings. She has also been a volunteers with community radio station for many years and involved with non-stipendiary ministry. "She and Hannah Alexie became lay leaders, and in 2000 were ordained as deacons. They now serve as part of a ministry team with lay leaders Joanne Snowshoe and Rebecca Blake in a growing congregation at St. Matthew's Anglican Church. Arctic diocesan Bishop David Parsons described Teya as a soft-spoken, gentle woman who is also 'super strong' and 'highly respected', not only in Fort McPherson, but in places such as Aklavik and Tuktoyuktuk, where she travels to do weddings and funerals".