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News: Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

We are Proud of You! Kimberly Sommer Indspire Role Model

Kimberly Sommer’s ancestry is from the Makah Tribe in Neah Bay, Washington.  She is a beacon of positivity and recently received the National Role Model Award from Indspire Canada, an Indigenous non-profit, as part of an education gathering called Guiding the Journey.  Kimberly works as a Cultural Support Worker for the Aboriginal Department in Abbotsford School District.  She has worked supporting Indigenous Youth for 25+ years in her own community and family, as a Cultural Support Worker in Abbotsford, and as a volunteer.

Kimberly is friendly and kind to everyone, looks for the positive, and promotes healthy living and a sense of belonging within a healthy community.  She proudly shares her culture as a presenter to students and staff and is a regular contributor at conferences to promote learning among her colleagues.  She goes above and beyond her role description and is genuinely invested in the success of her students and colleagues.  It is difficult to measure the impact of this type of grassroots work other than the heartfelt appreciation of students and colleagues who express their success and gratitude.

Kimberly recently travelled to Edmonton to the Indspire conference to receive her award.  “I had such an amazing time at the Indspire conference, art gala and awards ceremony.  It was so fun meeting the other 9 recipients.  They are all truly amazing people from across Canada.  It was a blessing and a once in a lifetime experience I will always cherish.”  We are very proud to have one of our own recognized for her dedication and achievement.  Well done Kimberly!