- Region: Thompson Okanagan
- Position: Teacher
The purpose of this letter is to extend my sincere thanks to Melis Nation BC for their incredible support over the last 3 years and their faith in my ability to succeed in my new career. It was a difficult decision to return to school as a mature student with a family and make the commitment to change careers completely. One of the most difficult factors in this decision was financial. Achieving my dream of becoming a teacher would be a costly endeavour, especially considering the fact that I would be a full time student and unable to work. If not for the incredible financial support of Melis Nation BC, my dream of becoming a teacher would not have been possible.
Not only were key people at MNBC committed to supporting me financially, they were also incredibly supportive on a personal level. The staff members at the association were so kind and always had time to listen and help me in any way they could. The fact that they believed in me and my ability to achieve my goal made me even more confident that this was something I could do.
Throughout my education, I remained committed to honouring the support that MNBC had given me by maintaining a relationship with the First Nations advocate at my practicum school as well as regularly dropping into the student support room which helped me to make connections with many First Nations and Melis students.
Since graduating in April of this year, I have been hired by School District 23 as a Teacher on Call. From September to December, I have worked almost every school day and was also hired on a temporary contract at Rutland Secondary School for 5 weeks. In addition, from September to December, I was the assistant coach of the AAAA Girls Volleyball team at Kelowna Secondary School. Our team recently won gold at the BC Provincial Championships. This was one of the most rewarding experiences so far in my teaching career, and was well worth the many hours of volunteer time I gave to the team. I plan on coaching this team next year as well and am looking forward to another great season.
On a personal note, I am the proud father of a new baby daughter! Alya Nault was born in March of this year. She surprised us and came six weeks before her due date. Due to her prematurity, she had to stay in the neonatal intensive care unit at Kelowna General Hospital for three weeks. I was halfway through my practicum at the time and it was a scary and stressful time in our lives. Throughout this experience, I was able to balance my focus on my new daughter and recovering wife and continuing my practicum. Alya is now 9 months old and over 20 pounds! My new life as a teacher and father of a second child is very fun and busy!
I am extremely proud of what I have accomplished in the last 3 years and firmly believe that it would not have been possible without the incredible support of Melis Nation BC. I am deeply indebted to the organization and promise to continue to honour their amazing support throughout my experiences in my new career as a teacher.
With sincere gratitude.