2015 Osum Spark Award Recipients

Cherina Rose Quinney

Cherina is from Saddle Lake Cree Nation, is the mother to a beautiful three-year-old girl, has been part of the Students’ Association at Portage College for the last two years and is now president. In those two years, Cherina has played a vital part in the organization and helped in the formation of three different sub- committees; the Finance Committee, Personal Committee, and Executive Committee. She has also volunteered her time and been involved with Family Gym Jam and the Academic Council. Cherina has demonstrated time and again attributes that true leaders possess— appreciation, patience, compassion, and kindness to both friends and colleagues. We have no doubt she will one day realize her dream of owning a business.

Ethan Browne Courtorielle

Browne is from Cold Lake First Nations and is an extremely ambitious student who will be completing his second year at Grant MacEwan University in the Fall. Browne participates in a wide range of sports and in grade 10, joined his High School football team, The Cold Lake High School Royals. To say he excelled would be an understatement, his skills and sportsmanship took him to the Cedar Bowl Finals. To return his gratitude, he now helps coach the CLHS Royals. As if sports and school weren’t enough to keep Browne busy, he also volunteers at events such as the Cold Lake First Nations Memorial Round Dance, the Edmonton Food Bank, Halloween for Hunger in Cold Lake, The Bissell Centre and the Cold Lake First Nation Treaty Days.

Kiana Marie Hynes

Kiana grew up in Cold Lake, and is a member of Cold Lake First Nations. A gifted and passionate athlete, Kiana competed in the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) track and field finals where she placed 6th and 9th in all of Ontario. Her Midget AA hockey team, the West Northumberland Wild, was invited to play against China’s national women’s hockey team. Her skills and interest in physical activity and sport took her to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology where she is taking her Bachelor of Health Sciences, with a focus in kinesiology. Her goal is to use her knowledge and skills to encourage and assist Aboriginal people to incorporate nutrition and fitness into their daily routine for a healthier lifestyle.

Janine Jackson

Janine is a proud member of Bigstone Cree Nation. A happy child growing up, things would dramatically change in her high school years. Rather than giving up, she graduated high school and enrolled in the Culinary Careers program at Lethbridge College. There she finished with honours and was later awarded Top Apprentice in the Cook Trade. It was at this point when she decided to get more involved in her Aboriginal culture, and enrolled in Native American Studies at the University of Lethbridge. During her time there she made the Dean’s Honour List on four separate occasions. Her academic advisor once told her, “you need to do something in this world, you will go places.” We couldn’t agree more.