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Meet our Outstanding Canadians: Laurie Thompson

 

Laurie, a Principal of Kikino Elementary School on the Kikino Metis Settlement, is an outstanding leader in her school and community. She works tirelessly on behalf of her students to develop their individual abilities and reach their potential as people. Each student is recognized for their individual qualities and abilities, and each is encouraged and supported uniquely to have dreams, set goals, work hard, and be contributing members of their community.

As a Principal, Laurie is aware of the distinct health-related challenges that many of her students and their families face. The incidence of diabetes, obesity, depression, and suicide are all significantly greater in Indigenous people, and Laurie is working hard to change that for her community. Seeing the immediate physical and mental health benefits that sport and activity brought to her school, Laurie embraced the Ski Fit North Alberta program. She actively initiated an after-school ski club for all students to participate in, developed a leadership component to the program, and encouraged families and community members to become involved.

When asked why she began, and continues the Ski Fit Alberta program in her school, Laurie says: "I wanted the students and staff to support the "Circle of Courage" philosophy of belonging, mastery, generosity, and independence. Our ski program embeds the fundamental Metis beliefs of community and community strength for self-betterment.”