Nolan Chem is the definition of a leader among the youth and role model for all the Métis Youth in British Columbia. He is Saulteaux, Métis and a member of the Métis Nation of British Columbia. Nolan is in his 4th year studying an Interdisciplinary Science Degree consisting of Physiology, Biochemistry, and Microbiology at the University of British Columbia. Throughout high school and university, he has given back to his community in many outstanding ways and has been recognized for this on many occasions.
Nolan volunteered at the Vancouver Native Health Society for 2 years and continues to volunteer each Wednesday. He works with second-year medical students cooking nutritious meals for 30 underprivileged youth on the Downtown Eastside. The program is adjacent to social work and support groups for the youth and he is a role model to these youth. Nolan loves this position because he is able to give back to his people who are in need.
Nolan recently received interviews with 4 different medical schools around Canada with hopes of being a competent doctor for all aboriginal clients. His goal is to increase aboriginal awareness to his colleagues in medical school, so they can become more competent in treating aboriginal patients, as he will be.
Last summer, Nolan worked with 50 aboriginal youth at “Cedar Science Camp”. Nolan was one of the camp leaders and taught aboriginal youth about traditional medicines, teas, sweat lodges, and other” cultural activities. Nolan was selected as one of 3 leaders to partake in a yearlong program with aboriginal youth, teaching them each month about the medicine wheel.
Nolan received the “NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award” (a highly prestigious award), which enabled Nolan to pursue diabetes research at the BC Children’s Hospital for the summer of 2015. Later, he received the award of “Aboriginal Ambassadors for Natural Science and Engineering”. With this award, he spoke to aboriginal students in several Langley, BC high schools, about pursuing careers in science, healthcare, and research. He also presented twice at UBC to first/second-year aboriginal youth.
Nolan received 3 consecutive scholarships from BMO by “Indspire” and the “Golden Eagle Award” from his high school and “Aboriginal Award of Excellence” for outstanding academics, athleticism, attendance, and community involvement.
Nolan volunteered at the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada’s (IPAC) AGM. He was one of the few youths who attended the Métis Nation Health Culture Exchange a few weeks ago in Surrey, BC.
Nolan now works as a Biology tutor for aboriginal youth at UBC in the longhouse on campus. He tutors many youth twice a week.
Nolan was nominated for the “Edward JC Hossie Student Leadership Award”. This award is for a UBC student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership through volunteerism, and/or campus activities. It is a highly prestigious award given to only 3 students, out of all the students at UBC. He is a nominee representing all aboriginal students and was nominated by the Aboriginal Student Coordinator at UBC.