Once a week for the month of April, we will be showcasing each of our 2021 Métis Youth Role Models winners. Métis Youth British Columbia (MYBC) announced five Métis Youth Role Models, who were identified as outstanding youths in their communities. Métis role models promote healthy lifestyles, Métis culture and awareness; strengthen Métis identity and participate actively in their community.
This week, we are showcasing Brydee Robinson. Her nominator wrote to MYBC:
I am writing you today in regards to nominating a youth for the Métis Youth Role Model Award. I want to nominate a youth named Brydee Robinson, 16 years old and a Métis youth from Vancouver, British Columbia. Brydee is currently in grade 11 at Windermere Secondary.
Brydee attends cheerleading at Absolute Cheer on two teams. Along with her attending cheerleading as a participant, she volunteers with her cheer gym with the preschool cheer team and preschool tumbling classes 2-3 days per week.
Along with volunteering at cheerleading, Brydee also volunteers with the local little league team umpiring games. Often Brydee will be found at the hastings little league baseball diamond two days per week, and if she’s not umpiring, she’s watching games and cheering on the kids that she umpires. Brydee took the time to memorize many of the little players’ names and chats with them at the field, and asked them how they like baseball. Brydee also makes sure to say hi to all the kids as they grow up and watches their games, and cheers for them from the sidelines.
At school, Brydee enjoys helping in the special education class where students with intellectual disabilities attend and often Brydee is invite to their birthday parties. Brydee has been volunteering with these classes since she was in grade 8 and often asked her school counsellor to make sure she can help out in their classes. Brydee likes to chat with the girls and talk about teen topics like hair, makeup and crushes. She always says how it is important that these students are treated like any teenager and can see past their disability.
Along with all these volunteering and extracurricular activities, Brydee is highly involved in her culture. Brydee is an amazing jingle dress dancer and travels to many powwow with her family. Brydee also attends sundance ceremonies. Brydee loves her culture and enjoys being part of ceremony whenever possible.
Brydee is a really great girl, and I think she would make an amazing Métis role model. Brydee is a fabulous big sister to 5 younger siblings and a great role model to her siblings. She often has heart-to-heart’s with them, takes them for coffee, offers to babysit, helps with school work and loves to have sibling movie nights. I hope you take this letter and consider her for the Métis youth role model award.
Each Métis Role Model will receive $300 in gift cards and be showcased on the Métis Nation British Columbia website. We would like to thank all the nominees who were submitted and encourage their nominators to re-submit next year. The seventh annual Métis Youth Role Model Campaign launched on January 7, 2021, with a call for outstanding youth nominees. To be eligible, Métis Youth Role Models must be between the ages of 15 and 30 and live in B.C. The MYBC Committee selected the five winners from all the eligible submissions. Click here to see all of this year’s chosen Métis Youth Role Models.