Two speakers are hoping to get Grande Prairie students excited about their future. Thomas Laboucan-Avirom and Andrea Deleeuw are on their way to three schools in the Peace Wapiti Public School District for the Indigenous Speakers Series.

Organizer Brigitte Benning says they will be sharing stories about their time in University and hopes it will encourage students to look towards the future.

“They are relatable people who are both known for their ability to inspire others with their passion for community, justice and learning. Our students will see a part of themselves in these role models, and will leave the sessions filled with excitement and ideas for their own futures.”

Laboucan-Avirom started his education at Grande Prairie Regional College before getting a law degree from the University of Victoria and Osgoode Hall of Law in Toronto. He is currently working at Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend LLP in Yellowknife while working toward the Bar Exam.

Deleeuw also started her post-secondary education at GPRC before heading to Calgary where she is currently in her third year of the Bachelor of Social Work program. She is also the Community Collaboration Coordinator at the Grande Prairie Friendship Centre.

On April 8th, they will be at the Peace Wapiti Academy at 9:55 a.m. before heading to Sexsmith Secondary from 12:55 p.m. to 2 p.m. They will then be at Ridgevalley School on April 9th at 2 p.m. before heading back to Peace Wapiti Academy the following morning.