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Laurier Brantford student will be a role model for Aboriginal youth
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What you get out of life depends on how much you put into life, Alicia Sayers believes, and because she has strived to make a difference in the world she has now been granted the opportunity to make an even bigger difference.
Sayers, a journalism and contemporary studies student at Laurier Brantford, was nominated and chosen by the National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) to be one of 12 Aboriginal role models. Sayers will travel to First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada and interact with Aboriginal youth, promoting a healthy lifestyle, encouraging youth to reach their goals and sharing her personal stories.
NAHO, funded by Health Canada, celebrates the accomplishments of First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth aged 13 to 30. Role models are chosen annually and recognized for their innovation, achievements and leadership. The 12 national Aboriginal role models for 2009/2010 were announced June 20 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec.
“I was honored to be chosen as one of the national Aboriginal role models,” says Sayers, who grew up in the Garden River First Nation community in Ontario. “It is vital that Aboriginal youth have role models who are just like them so they can see what they can do. I want to show them that they can be their own role model.”
Sayers was recognized for her ambition, academic achievements at Laurier and her volunteer efforts. She has volunteered for many organizations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Canadian Red Cross, Turtle Concepts and Out of the Cold. She hopes to earn a master’s degree in communication studies and then work in public relations.
“I believe the support and encouragement given by family, friends and mentors is tremendously important, but you also have to nurture your individual spirit,” she says. “Realizing that you can achieve anything is an amazing feeling, and when I was younger I wasn’t aware of that, so I’m looking forward to meeting new and wonderful youth from across Canada and showing them that they are capable of realizing their own dreams.”