Leading by example, Arviat #NU teen Innosar Issakiark wins $75,000 scholarship as national role model for Global Dignity Day Canada

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The amicable Kivalliq teenager was named a national role model for Global Dignity Day Canada.

Issiakiark joined a large gathering in the old portrait gallery building on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and thousands more from across the country and abroad via videoconferencing, to celebrate the event.

The gathering saw video presentations made by John Hope Bryant from Los Angeles, U.S.A., and Crown Prince Haakon from Norway.

Reached by Kivalliq News at the nation’s capital, Issiakiark said he was quite surprised to learn he had been selected as a national role model by Dignity Day Canada.

He said it’s an honour he never would have thought he’d receive.

“This did make me feel really, really proud, because I was recognized for everything I’ve done for my community and the people, and that’s pretty special,” said Issiakiark.

Northern_Clips‘s insight:

Billard said, in his opinion, Issiakiark can accomplish anything he sets his mind to.

He said as long as he’s known Issiakiark, the 18-year-old has always been very keen on whatever he gets himself interested in.

"Innosar puts a lot of effort, and a lot of himself, into whatever he takes on," said Billard.

"As a result, anything he does usually turns out well.

"He’s the type of optimistic person who has the ability to always look at the bright side of things and find more positives than negative.

"He gets down at times, and he’s been bullied in the past, but he always finds an inspirational quote or a friend he can lean on to bring him back to his centre."

In addition to the drama club, Billard said Issiakiark has been involved in the Arviat Film Society and numerous projects and activities in Arviat.

He said Issiakiark has always been an inquisitive student and a calming influence on whatever group he’s associated with.

"Honestly, he’s everything you could want in a student.

"In all the time I’ve known him, I never saw him lose his temper or his cool.

He’s always one of the first to jump on the volunteer bandwagon, and he was a great participant in our leadership and resiliency program.

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