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For all these reasons I feel it would be a terrible disservice not to acknowledge Shannon and the work she has done for Pemberton.
So on behalf of my family and if I may, on behalf of the greater Pemberton community I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you; for the effort and time you have put in, for the creative thinking and vision you brought and for the gentle thoughtfulness that is definitely reflected in our awesome library. Cheers Shannon, you have left some big shoes to fill and though you will be missed we wish you all the best in your next adventure!
An Inspirational Dream
Editor's note — The Grade 8 class at Whistler Secondary school has been studying the representation of adolescents in the media and found that they are over-represented in articles about crime and under-represented in articles about heroes. Along with their English teacher Brianne Aldcroft, they decided to share the stories of teens they see as heroes.
At the young age of 13 Shannen Koostachin became an inspirational hero. In Koostachin's short life, she developed a reputation across Canada as a passionate fighter for the rights of First Nation children. For as long as she could remember she was passionate about going to school. The only problem was that she had never seen a real school.
In Attawapiskat, Ontario, children attended classes in portables. For 10 years, her community had been fighting to get a real school. In November 2007, the federal government walked away on a commitment to build this community a grade school. This is when Shannen Koostachin decided to fight back. Using tools like YouTube and Facebook, the campaign spread like wildfire. Within months, her actions inspired thousands or church groups, students, and teachers all across Canada. Koostachin inspired people with her perseverance and dedication to the cause of building a new elementary school in her community.
At the age of 14, Koostachin was nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize. In December, 2009, the government finally agreed to build a school.
In Grade 9, Koostachin left her community and went to a non-native high school in New Liskeard, Ontario. At her new high school, she was asked to be a lead dancer at their annual powwow. She was thrilled that they had asked her, although she never got the chance. Days before the powwow, she was killed in a hideous car accident. Her death was devastating, not just in her community but among educational leaders, and students across Canada.
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