Fergus Dalton’s commitment to always doing his best, overcoming challenges and celebrating who he is as a Métis Youth have already made him an excellent role model. If named officially in this capacity, I know he will work hard in the role and will make the Métis Nation proud of his leadership.
Hard work and determination continued to be his motto academically, as well. After a year of home schooling, Fergus struggled to return to public school. However, with determination, he overcame the struggles and graduated in 2015, with honours and a focus in Math and Physics. He was the recipient of a number of scholarships, including Aboriginal Education Advisory Committee Gwen Point Award, Sardis Secondary Alumni Rod Dyck Bursary, District/Authority Award Second Language, Aboriginal Education and the Joshua Enns Memorial Bursary.
For two years running, in 2014 and 2015, Fergus was the winner of Skills Canada Regional and Provincial Drafting Competition and went on to compete in Nationals, in Toronto. (At the age of 16, he was recruited to work as a mechanical draftsman, while still attending high school.) In 2015, Fergus represented Métis heritage and UFV at the Vancouver LNG conference, was a youth delegate at the UFV at Vancouver #BC Tech Summit, and became the winner of the Game Changer competition Mechanical CADD. In addition to all this, Fergus has demonstrated fine leadership skills as a participant in a youth panel on trades and tech alongside Shirley Bond, Andrew Wilkinson and other BC Ministries.
It has been an honour and a pleasure to know Fergus, teach him dance and to watch him grow from that ten year old boy into the respectable young man that he is today. He has shown strength of character that can be an example for people of all ages. If he were officially named as a Métis Youth Role Model for MNBC, I know he would continue to make our nation proud by leading the way and inspiring our nation’s youth.