1. Where do you volunteer – what’s your favourite thing about what you do?
I volunteer as a helper and firekeeper within the traditional indigenous community in Winnipeg, Manitoba and surrounding areas. I help elders and traditional knowledge keepers in their ceremonies such as sweatlodges and Sundance. I do this by helping gather wood, cutting wood, and being of help in ceremonies themselves. My favourite part of volunteering for my community is getting to learn my traditional teachings while gaining experience by taking part in ceremonies and bonding with my elders. It also gives me the chance to speak with others who maybe aren’t involved with the culture and get a different perspective from an outsider’s view.
2. Why was receiving a Ted Rogers Scholarship special?
Receiving the Ted Rogers Scholarship was special to me because it shows me that hard work really does pay off especially towards my future. The truth is that I was surprised to hear I was awarded the Ted Rogers Scholarship. To be recognized for my leadership within my community is a great accomplishment for my family and I. I am very hard on myself and I have a difficult time accepting my successes when I achieve them so to be able to receive my first scholarship was a real boost in morale for me. It shows me that if I continue on with the same work ethic I’ve shown that I really do have a chance at creating a future for myself and pushing forward towards more opportunities in life.
3. Where do you plan on going to school and what will you study?
I plan on attending school at the University of Manitoba. I will be taking first year engineering with the hope of getting into mechanical engineering. However, if mechanical engineering isn’t for me I have no problem going into a different department of engineering.
4. What are your long-term goals?
My long term goals are to find a solid career with my engineering degree. I haven’t decided on what my actual career will be because I find that to be very limiting when there are a lot of careers that come with having an engineering degree. I feel like if I limit myself to one career that it prevents other career opportunities that I may prefer more to come up. I want to be able to live independently whether with a family or by myself and to be able to support whichever without worrying about having it taken from me. Being able to say that I have made a comfortable living situation without any doubts in my mind is a huge long term goal of mine due to the experience growing up as a child.
November 30, 2018