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
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.”