Tristan is an active community member with NFMA and has been the youth representative on our Board for the past two years. As the NFMA Youth Representative, Tristan has demonstrated real enthusiasm and dedication to advancing community engagement and cultural connection. As an example, he took the initiative to obtain an Aboriginal Healthy Living Activities grant. He is using these funds to host a 6-week program to increase weekly activity and cultural connection through a jigging workshop for our youth.
Tristan is tremendously compassionate person and he generously gives his own time and skills to help benefit others. In addition to the countless hours he has given to the NFMA, he volunteers with AIDS Vancouver where he spends time preparing and handing out food to individuals living with HIV/AIDS and provides emotional support in a safe space for male sex trade workers.
Tristan is passionate about helping to better the health of Indigenous people. In his work with medical students at the Vancouver Native Health Clinic he prepared weekly dinners for 20 Indigenous youth in Vancouver’s Downton East Side. He has recently volunteered to become the regional naloxone coordinator. He will be working with seven chartered Metis communities and health authorities in the Lower Mainland to provide Naloxone training sessions and workshops about opioid use and related stigma.
In addition to his volunteer work, Tristan currently works at two jobs. He is a clinical research coordinator with the Endocrine Research Society and in the evenings, he tutors secondary students in the basic sciences.
We understand that Tristan is well on his way to becoming a physician and that he plans to focus his work on helping Indigenous communities. Past behaviour is an excellent predictor of future success, and Tristan’s conduct speaks for itself: this is someone who is going to go all the way, and someone who – once he arrives – will continue to use his skills and opportunities to help lift up his people. We can think of no better person to showcase as an example of an excellent Métis youth mentor.