Alana Cook is an intelligent, athletic, kind, and spirited girl from Maple Ridge, BC; a proud member of the Fraser Valley Métis Association and Citizen of Métis Nation BC.
She takes pride in being an academic, an athlete, a writer, and a volunteer. By a young age, she has already accomplished so much! Alana excelled as an intelligent, resourceful and energetic student. At the age of seventeen, she won a National essay-writing competition hosted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The contest asked students to write a paper on “What Being Canadian Means to me” and Alana wrote about being a young, Métis woman in an extremely culturally diverse society. For her words and her journey, she was awarded a Métis sash by the Fraser Valley Métis Association.
That year, she also completed the Encounters with Canada: Journalism and Communications Week program in Ottawa. In 2012, she completed the Aboriginal Pre-Cadet Training Program, an RCMP program that trains Aboriginal youth. While a part of that program, she worked at a summer camp for at-risk youth from the North Vancouver/Squamish area reservations, as well as going on an expedition with the Pulling Together Canoe Society to help an Aboriginal youth-group canoe across Lake Okanagan.
In 2014, Alana graduated from the University of the Fraser Valley with an Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Arts -Majoring in English with a Drama Concentration, and with an Extended Minor in Theatre. She was then accepted into the Aboriginal Youth Internship Program, which places her at a government ministry for nine months, and an Aboriginal organization for three. She currently works as a Junior Program Advisor on the BC Arts Council for the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. This summer, she hopes to work with Full Circle: First Nations Performance, an Aboriginal Theatre group in Vancouver.
A volunteer in her community, Alana assisted with the production of ‘Please Do Not Touch the Indians’, an Aboriginal theatre piece put on by UFV Theatre and Sto:lo Nation as part of Chilliwack Culture Days.
She has also volunteered with Operation Red Nose and the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation.
Alana is an avid athlete. She has been competing in mixed martial for almost five years, and won a Gold medal in Kickboxing at the Can-Am International Martial Arts Competition, and Silver medals in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and No-Gi Grappling at the Western Canadian Martial Arts championships. She also competed in badminton at the BC Winter Games in 2007. She recently became an Aboriginal Fitness Leader through FitNation, a program run by the Aboriginal Sport, Recreation, and Physical Activity Partners Council. She is currently developing her own fitness classes to lead and instruct to the Aboriginal Community. Throughout all of this, Alana makes time for her family, her friends, and her community.