I am nervous. This is the first time I have tried to write about myself on here. I am realizing that it is a lot easier to write about other things and other people. This being said, Lacey Crocker's and Rachel Yahyahkeekoot's amazing interviews inspired me to start sharing my stories with you. (If you have not read Lacey's interview yet, click here. For Rachel's, click here.)
Lacey and Rachel: Thank you again for sharing your courage, fierceness and resilience with us.
Today I am going to talk about what #ChangingHerStory means to me. To do this, I have to go back a few years.
In Grade 6, I was a 90s student. In Grades 7 - 10, my marks fell. I became a 60s - 70s student. Why? Because that was what was expected of me from my teachers at the time — I was an Indigenous student. Because that is what my friends expected of me.
I could have easily continued down that road. I almost dropped out of high school in Grade 10. All of my friends were doing it. However, I did not want to. I wanted to get out of there and get back to school on my reserve. So, I did it. And because of this choice, I became a top student. I took a leadership role on the Student Leadership Committee. I became heavily involved in my community, which is vibrant and full of life. On Graduation Day, I was our school's valedictorian. After that, I went on to attend university. The rest is #HerStory.
I dedicate #ChangingHerStory to my friends from Grade 6 - Grade 10. During this time I was lucky enough to have a very tight-knit, supportive family on my Mom's side. (My partner, Chad calls all of the women in our family the "Single Ladies Club" because lots of my relatives are single!) However, a lot of my friends were not so lucky. Many of them continued down the road I was headed down in Grade 10. Some of us still keep in touch but not as much as we would like to. Our stories have become so different. But they do not need to be. They, along with thousands of others, can #ChangeTheirStories if they choose to.
You don't have to become the person everyone thinks you will become. You can choose who you are and who you will become.
Your response to our blog post about our fierce and resilient role model, Lacey Crocker, was incredible. Thank you for honouring her words.
Today we would like to introduce you to our second and final Holiday Campaign role model — the courageous and compassionate Rachel Yahyahkeekoot.
With hundreds of entries to choose from, it was not easy for our selection committee to pick just two powerhouse Indigenous models for our Holiday Campaign. However, after much soul-searching, we did it. Thank you again to everyone who submitted and shared our Model Call on social media.
Today we would like to introduce you to one of our models — the fierce and resilient Lacey Crocker.