NAHO NEWS RELEASE
Ottawa, ON (November 28, 2007) —– The National Aboriginal Health Organization (NAHO) is once again searching for Canada’s best and brightest Aboriginal youth for nomination to the 2008-09 National Aboriginal Role Model Program (NARMP).
The program, which has been organized by NAHO for the past four years, aims to highlight the accomplishments of Inuit, First Nations and Métis youth aged 13 to 30. The program’s theme is “Lead Your Way!”
All Aboriginal youth are being called upon to nominate their role models by 11:59 PM EST on Friday, March 28, 2008.
“Indigenous youth are choosing to lead healthy, active lives and succeeding in all areas, including the arts, humanities, commerce, politics, sports, science and technology,” said James Makokis, the National Spokesperson for the NARMP. “Role models are authentic individuals who are true to their identities. They give others the courage to push beyond their own potential, opening the door to new possibilities.”
“Nominate someone who inspires you so that others can learn from, and share in their gifts,” Makokis encouraged.
A selection committee of Aboriginal youth will choose the top 12 role models. Those chosen will act as role models for a year, visiting First Nations, Inuit and Métis schools and communities to share their stories of hope and success. NAHO will be producing posters and trading cards of each of the role models.
Nomination forms can be found online at www.naho.ca/rolemodel, or by calling toll free 18776024445. More information on Lead Your Way! is available on the NAHO Web site at http://www.naho.ca/rolemodel.
For more information, contact:
Karin Kettler, Program Coordinator
National Aboriginal Role Model Program
Tollfree: 18776024445 ext. 548