Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) is pleased to welcome back Jed Roberts, former CFL linebacker and defensive end for the Edmonton Eskimos, and J.R. LaRose, a free safety for the CFL's BC Lions who also played four seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos, as they complete the second leg of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) school tour. Last April, the duo gave a series of presentations at eight PWSD schools. The upcoming week-long tour, scheduled for May 4-8, will include stops at 10 schools throughout the Division.
New this year is a week-long football mini-camp for the Sabres Football team at Sexsmith Secondary School. The mini-camp, led by Mr. Roberts and Mr. LaRose, will run from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, following the daily school visits.
Darrell Willier, FNMI Education Coordinator at PWSD and tour planner, says the goal of the FNMI guest speaker series is twofold.
"First, it provides our FNMI students with positive role models which they can identify with from a cultural perspective. Secondly, the guest speakers also help to break down negative stereotypes that may still exist regarding FNMI people. We have been fortunate in the past to secure high-calibre guests whose achievements have served as an inspiration to everyone. This year's lineup promises the same." adds Mr. Willier.
Past special guests have included Lorne Cardinal, an actor who is well known for his role as Sergeant Davis Quinton on CTV's Corner Gas; Ashley Callingbull, Miss Canada International 2010; Linsay Willier, a finalist on Canada's Next Top Model; and Cree musicians Jason Chamakese and Robert Gladue.
Jed Roberts says he is looking forward to returning to the Peace Country and touring PWSD schools with his good friends J. R. LaRose and Darrell Willier.
"As a founding member of the Edmonton Eskimos Stay in School Program, I believe it is crucial for young people to understand that education is not heavy," says Mr. Roberts. "Your brain can absorb as much knowledge as you are willing to seek out, and then some! There are ways to overcome learning barriers in education and that always begins with a willingness to ask for help."
The tour's scheduled stops will include:
Monday, May 4:
10:00 a.m. presentation at Sexsmith Secondary School
1:00 p.m. presentation at Sexsmith Group Home
Tuesday, May 5:
10:00 a.m. presentation at Bezanson School
1:05 p.m. presentation at Ridgevalley School
Wednesday, May 6:
9:00 a.m. presentation at La Glace School
1:15 p.m. presentation at Elmworth School
Thursday, May 7:
10:00 a.m. presentation at Bonanza School
1:15 p.m. presentation at Savanna School
Friday, May 8:
10:00 a.m. presentation at Peace Wapiti Academy
1:00 p.m. presentation at Harry Balfour School
J.R. LaRose (left) and Jed Roberts (right) return to Peace Wapiti Public School Division on May 4-8, 2015 to complete the second leg of the FNMI school tour started in April of last year.