My name is Sallee. I live in West Vancouver, BC. I am 16 years old and I am attending 10th grade in high School. In the future I plan to attend university for the studies of Marine Biology.
Ever since I was younger, I have been devoted to the sport of swimming. I am a competitive swimmer and I train six times per week with a swim team called Chena. One of my greatest accomplishments was competing at the 2014 & 2017 North American Indigous Games in competitive Swimming. I am honored to say that I won six silver medals for Team BC. The other sports that I participate in are triathlons and long distances running.
I also have a passion for music. I play the Cello and have done so for the last nine years. I am a singer, both as a soloist and in a choir, and my largest audience was 10,000 people!
I am one hundred percent First Nations from the following tribes: Nlaka’pamux from BC, and Lakota from South Dakota. My culture is very important to me because it is who I am and how I live my life. Through my culture I have learned to respect my Elders and to respect the environment and to live my life in a positive way. I attend pow wow’s in both the USA and Canada all year round because the tradition of First Nations dancing makes me happy.
This past July 2017, I participated in the Miss Teen BC pageant and I feel very privileged to have won.
One of the ways I work to address the needs of my community is to help and care for the homeless animals. For this I spend time volunteering at my local SPCA.
I see myself as a positive role model for my community and take this role seriously. I can see the need for inspiring the youth of my community. My platform is “suicide prevention” for all youth. This is extremely important to me because the young people in our communities are suffering. How I make a difference is by talking to our teens in both BC and Washington State, and sharing my thinking and experiences with them. I talk to the youth to look at the world in a positive way because life is truly beautiful and I tell them that someone always loves them no matter what. This topic is important because the youth are the future generations to come.