Dreamcatcher foundation funding trip

Christian Abt

Christian Abt

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In April of next year a group of about 20 students from St. Augustine School will travel to France and Spain with EF Educational Tours.

Five fortunate St. Augustine students from the surrounding First Nation Communities have received financial sponsorship towards their trip from the Dreamcatcher Foundation, a registered charitable foundation unique to the First Nations communities across Canada.

“We believe this experience to be invaluable to our prospective leaders as an awareness of the global community is so much more important to our future as a people,” school principal Kevin Prediger wrote in his grant application letter. “International travel opens the eyes of our youth to so many possibilities and we believe such exposure allows them to bring a fresh perspective back to our local communities in which they will play important roles.

“The Travel Club is one of those activities that may well be life changing to our youth and, in turn, give them the desire and incentive to create a better world in their own local communities.”

This opportunity will definitely be life-changing for Brandon Baptiste.

A Grade 10 student, he was told of his good fortune at a recent school pep rally and summed up how he was feeling in one word — “Excited.”

In addition to Brandon having his whole trip sponsored, Dreamcatcher Foundation also helped offset costs for Latiya Northwest, Meaghan Louis, Alysha Raine and Christian Abt.