Patrick Francis Hanly
Patrick Hanly is a 19-year-old Métis youth in his freshman year of pre-med studies at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops. His current GPA is 3.93 out of 4.00. Patrick had the highest GPA in his high school graduating class and in 2017 at Saint Anne’s Academy. Patrick won the Governor-General of Canada Medal for Academic Excellence for secondary schools. Throughout Patrick’s life, he has overcome many challenges through hard work and with the support of his family, and his own strength of character. Patrick was diagnosed as having symptoms associated with autism and he was a Métis kid with some physical limitations. Patrick never experienced the benefits of athletics or being socially outgoing and popular. Throughout his first 10 years in school, Patrick was bullied severely because he was seen as being different.
Early in his school years, Patrick’s parents were told that his academic potential was limited by an innate lack of ability and to challenge him academically would be cruel. The professionals that work that field do much good and they helped Patrick a lot. That said, the professionals were very wrong about his innate and academic abilities. Patrick challenged all of his weaknesses with extraordinary results academically, physically, and socially. Patrick is focused on his goal of becoming a Family Doctor. Given his academic ability and work ethic, he could be anything he wants to be. To him, being a Family Doctor is the best way to give back to society and to help the Métis people and others, which is something he has a burning desire to do.
He has worked as a volunteer with the seniors, Indigenous People, the homeless and sick people. In grade ten he earned the Lion's Club Silver Award for Youth Service for his work at Prince Albert's Victoria Hospital and the Herb Basset Seniors Home. He has helped the homeless through charity work here in Kamloops with the Catholic Youth Ministry. Other examples of his community service include serving breakfast to the homeless at Sacred Heart Cathedral, the hot chocolate program, and distributing daffodils for the Canadian Cancer Society.
Patrick just happens to be, a Great Grandson of Cuthbert Grant, First Leader of the Métis Nation, Jasper Haws, the namesake of Jasper National Park and Pascal Breland a Great Red River Metis Leader and member of the first elected Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. More importantly, he is a member of a large family that is active in maintaining Metis culture and traditions to keep our way of life alive and meaningful.