2020 Osum Spark Recipients
Steven Alook, Bigstone Cree Nation
Facing challenges in life, Steven Alook has never let it define him, pushing himself to do better – not just for his own success, but for those around him. Working with the Northern Lakes College in their Community Adult Learning Program has allowed Steven to see just how much he can help, support and inspire others, going so far as to take on more roles in order to assist other students in tutoring, goal planning and improving their skills. Steven is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology through Athabasca University online. Steven’s references describe him as focused and driven; two qualities that will pave his path towards a bright future.
Kathryn Chodzicki, Cold Lake First Nations
Family is the most important of Kathryn’s life, especially her children and siblings – and as a single parent, she has had to juggle many responsibilities while in school. Learning is a joy for Kathryn, as she is dedicated to sharing, expressing and learning more about social issues in Canada. Currently attending the University of Calgary for a Bachelor of Social Work, she is focused on vulnerable populations – specifically, those in Indigenous communities facing high rates of social crisis. Described as hard-working and passionate by her references, Kathryn is actively working towards benefitting her communities through her education.
Julia MacDonald, Métis Nation of Alberta Region 2
Caring and kind, Julia’s journey through her Bachelor of Nursing has led to her belief that she is doing her best work when she is helping others. As a member of the Community Helpers Program in Cold Lake, Julia was able to show others the importance of self-care and mental wellness. Now in Edmonton, Julia become involved with the FentaNIL Project – a group dedicated to teaching others about Naloxone injections in suspected overdoses. In addition, she spent time volunteering for the Edmonton Food Bank. Her references describe her as passionate about being involved her community, a sentiment Julia echoes herself with her love for Cold Lake and recognition of the important role Cold Lake High School played in her life.
Demetri Scanie, Cold Lake First Nations
Demetri is a strong leader in his personal life, the classroom and on the job site. His references say he is industrious, dedicated, and always working hard to surpass expectations and standards set out for him. Following the early days of his oil and gas career, job loss loomed and Demetri took the opportunity to go back to school, first at Portage College and now the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, to further his career. In addition to school, Demetri also balances family responsibilities in the Cold Lake area – where he plans to continue raising his family for generations to come.