Angel Robinson was nominated by the Year 11 interns in the Aboriginal Youth Internship program. On a personal level, Angel is a kind and generous soul who always has a nice thing to say or a kind word to offer, and will always help a friend in need without hesitation. During the first week of our internship, Angel discovered that a few of the interns were Métis but did not have a sash. They reached out to a local Métis Elder and arranged to have sashes given to those interns at the end of our orientation week. Similarly, Angel connected with the Métis Nation BC to have a special Aboriginal Youth Internship Program sash made to honour all Métis people at the Year 10 completion ceremony. Recently, during the holidays, Angel put together stockings and personalized cards for all 24 of their fellow interns. Angel makes a consistent and honest effort to connect and get to know everyone they meet, and each holiday card was a testament to these connections.
Outside of the Aboriginal Youth Internship Program, Angel is also an active participant and advocate in their community. As Angel became more and more involved in their volunteerism and studies, they also found a growing passion for social justice. Angel has completed two years of schooling towards a social work credential. As the oldest of four children, Angel’s siblings and community are at the center of everything they do, and they aspire to not only help create meaningful change for their siblings and other youth who have had contact with the care system, but to also be a positive role model that empowers them to be community leaders themselves. Angel was a youth leader for the Métis Nation of Greater Victoria and travelled across the province attending Indigenous youth events. Angel takes their inspiration from the hard work and leadership of the other youth they met across BC.
Angel’s not just a great person and a wonderful colleague; they’re truly representative of the spirit of generosity in culture, community, and so much more. Angel is a leader and role model to their friends and community members. They have a very special spark and every Year 11 intern believes that they will go far in making our world a better place.