Next week, Peace Wapiti Public School Division (PWSD) will welcome back special guests Lorne Cardinal and Monique Hurteau for the second leg of their First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) school tour on September 21-25, which will include stops at ten schools.
Mr. Cardinal is well-known for his role as Sergeant Davis Quinton on CTV’s Corner Gas, as well as numerous other film, television and stage credits. Ms. Hurteau, a producer, writer and comedian, appears on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) as a fitness expert.
Partners in work and life, the pair say they are looking forward to returning to PWSD.
“We want to share our stories with the students about our lives and how we got to be where we are in our careers. We hope the students will gather information on what it takes to succeed and how to deal with setbacks, but most importantly: never fear to dream,” adds Mr. Cardinal and Ms. Hurteau.
“It’s an exciting opportunity to host Mr. Cardinal and Ms. Hurteau,” says Darrell Willier, PWSD’s FMNI Coordinator. “Their presentations will focus on their life stories, as well as education and goal-setting. It will be both humorous and motivating. I am very certain that PWSD’s students and staff will benefit from their experience and advice.”
Mr. Willier 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.”
The tour’s scheduled presentations will include:
Monday, September 21:
10:15 a.m.: Beaverlodge Elementary School
12:30 p.m.: Beaverlodge Regional High School
Tuesday, September 22:
10:00 a.m.: Bonanza School
1:00 p.m.: Savanna School
Wednesday, September 23:
9:00 a.m.: Teepee Creek School
1:05 p.m.: Ridgevalley School
Thursday, September 24:
9:00 a.m.: Rycroft School
1:00 p.m.: Eaglesham School
Friday, September 25:
9:10 a.m.: Penson School
12:55 p.m.: Harry Balfour School - Click here to view photos from this event.
Photo Caption: The upcoming PWSD FNMI school tour will feature Lorne Cardinal, known for his role as Sergeant Davis Quinton on CTV’s Corner Gas, and partner Monique Hurteau, a writer/comedian who appears on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) as a fitness expert.