Youth Recipient (2014)
“I have never let my visual impairment be an obstacle, I set goals for myself,
and any challenges I overcome are a great opportunity to succeed.”
Diagnosed with a brain tumor at three and a half years old, surgery and 14 months of chemotherapy left Christie Lavallée with a lifelong visual disability. That has never set her back, and at 18 she is an honour roll student, a Canadian National 3D Indoor Archery Champion who is ranked #1 in Canada in the Women’s Junior Compound, and Youth Coordinator at the St. Ambroise Manitoba Métis Federation Youth Centre in her community. Recently, she has taken on the task of studying science at University with a goal of becoming a pediatric oncologist. As a cancer survivor, she continues to give back and has led the Annual Terry Fox Run at St. Laurent school since 2001. She is also a traditional Métis square dancer performing regularly throughout Manitoba and is also a traditional hunter.