My name is Sequoia Abbott-Saulteaux, and I am currently attending the University of Regina. My first year, I was enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program and I enjoyed taking a few film classes before I realised my true calling. Starting December 2021, I will be certified with a Bachelor of Education degree with a major in Social Studies and a minor in English!
My journey with education started when I entered the public school system at four years old. I first went to Regina’s École Connaught School from pre-school until the middle of grade one, before I moved to Thompson, Manitoba. Thompson is a small northern community of about 13,000, located 800 kms north of Winnipeg. It is often called the “Hub of the North” because it is one of the only “larger’ cities around, leading to a highly fluctuating population! I spent fifteen years in Thompson, and completed my elementary and secondary years of school there. I attended Wapanohk Elementary school, known for their Cree immersion program from grade one until entering high school. There, I was immersed in numerous extracurricular activities including basketball, DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), FAST (Families and Schools Together), choir, band, and student council. This is where I was also introduced to the Tim Hortons Children’s foundation as a camper per recommendation from my grade six teacher.
My secondary school experience was located exclusively at R. D Parker Collegiate. This is Thompson’s only public high school with a student body reaching around nine hundred! I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in extracurricular activities such as GLOW (Gay, Lesbian or Whatever), the 30 Hour Famine, SOS (Students Offering Support) and the One Act Play Festival. I was also involved in many elective courses such as sewing, drama, and choir! Most importantly, in R.D Parker I had numerous teachers who really guided me towards a positive path and helped me become the person who I am today. I cannot thank them enough for all that they have done, and only hope that I am able to affect my students in such a positive way.
Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and cat, reading, crocheting, painting, and spending time outside!