Today is International Day of the Girl. This day aims to address the needs and challenges that girls face every day, while promoting the empowerment of girls and the fulfillment of their human rights. I want to celebrate International Day of the Girl by highlighting an extraordinary girl in our community.
Summer Wabasse was born and raised in Thunder Bay and is a proud band member of Webequie First Nation. Summer recently graduated from St. Ignatius High School with an outstanding overall average of 95%! Her passion for academics, particularly math and science, earned her a full scholarship to Lakehead University where she has begun studying Civil Engineering this fall. Summer also enjoys playing hockey, was active in acting and theatre throughout high school, and is a successful entrepreneur who creates and sells homemade bath products here in Thunder Bay. Summer has been recognized by numerous organizations for both her academic and personal achievements, and continues to study hard as she works towards her goal of becoming a civil engineer with a focus on working in Northwestern Ontario, specifically with First Nation Communities. She has many female role models, but particularly looks up to Margaret Hamilton, who was the lead software engineer for the Apollo 11 mission. Summer has always been interested in politics because she feels it shapes our world, whether it’s in the school board office or in the House of Commons. When asked about her interest in politics Summer stated, “I get involved in politics because I am interested in having my voice heard as both an indigenous person and a girl”. We have been lucky to have Summer in our office as a summer student where she is learning more about the political landscape, and actually got to meet Minister Monsef, who is now the Minister of the Status of Women. I asked Summer what advice she would give to young girls in Thunder Bay—Rainy River who are working to achieve their goals. Summer stated, “Don’t be afraid to get involved in the fields of math and science, they’re not only for boys! Study hard, but don’t let studying stop you from getting involved”. We are extremely proud to highlight Summer on International Day of the Girl as an incredible young woman and a role model to girls in our community. Best of luck with your future endeavours, Summer!
Photo: Summer at the Aboriginal Youth Achievement Awards in 2017 where she won an award for Academic Achievement