Brittany Schroeder is a Métis youth role model because she is an inspiration to other youth that endeavor to achieve their dreams and she is devoted to helping others including her local Métis community. Brittany’s Métis heritage is from her father’s side originating at Duck Lake, Saskatchewan. She is the elected youth representative for the Vernon and District Métis Association (VDMA) and an active volunteer for both VDMA and the Kelowna Métis community. She works with the VDMA president to improve youth programs and funding and through programs such as the Cultural Connections for Aboriginal Youth (CCAY) program, which strives to increase participation of the urban Aboriginal youth in the economy.
Furthermore, Brittany has been involved in gaining insight and improving interactions for the Off Reserve Aboriginal Action Plan (ORAAP) focused towards aboriginal youth. She has demonstrated commitment to the Okanagan Métis community as well as excellent leadership skills, as she has successfully organized youth activities, volunteered for numerous events, attended conferences, developed grant proposals and promoted Métis culture and arts within the community.
More broadly, Brittany mentors and advocates for aboriginal youth as she volunteers through the University of British Columbia- Okanagan (UBCO) Aboriginal Centre for events such as the Aboriginal Career Fair and serves as a mentor for the annual Aboriginal Medicine Pre-Admissions Workshop. Brittany’s aspiration to be a doctor is clearly derived from her passion for helping others. Her academic achievements are as impressive as her dedication to making a meaningful contribution to the lives and health of Aboriginal people. She has an outstanding academic record that includes Dean’s List status while attending UBCO for her Bachelors of Science degree and graduating from high school in the top 1% of her class.
Furthermore, Brittany’s volunteer activities extend to coaching sports. She was the U15 female Interior Region head coach in 2013 BC Aboriginal Provincial Soccer Championships, which included supervising players throughout the Regional Selection Camps. Furthermore she coached for two years with the North Okanagan Youth Soccer Association, was a junior instructor at the Vernon Minor Hockey summer camp, obtained the NCCP Special Olympic certification and helped coach Special Olympics floor hockey and soccer and has volunteered at the annual Motionball Marathon of Sport. Brittany is a very compassionate person who seeks to make a direct impact on the quality of life of individuals with disabilities, yet is humble when asked about it, stating that the athletes teach her as much, if not more, than what she teaches them. I am confident that Brittany will achieve her goal of becoming a doctor, as she has demonstrated not only academic excellence and a commitment to community service, but also qualities that inspire others to better themselves: confidence, compassion, leadership and kindness.
Local Métis associations are dependent on dedicated youth like Brittany to not only survive, but also to thrive as true communities. I have no doubts that her work will serve as inspiration to other youth striving to contribute to make the world a better place.