Many young First Nations people grow up in substandard housing… lacking self esteem… losing hope.
The Ted Nolan Foundation is a registered charity promoting healthy lifestyle choices for all aboriginal youth.
Raised on the Garden River Reserve near Sault Ste. Marie, Ted Nolan launched a stellar Junior and NHL hockey career as player and coach. For years, he ran First Nations hockey camps, became a motivational speaker and philanthropist.
In 2004, he started the Foundation, raising funds to improve education and make physical activity a part of a better future for aboriginal youth. Self-esteem is at the base of it all; his programs are interwoven with values inherent in First Nations’ rich heritage.
The letter from Faith, a young Anishnaabe-kwe mother, who received a Rose Nolan Scholarship to complete her Bachelor of Science (Nursing) degree, begins to paint a human face on the challenges facing aboriginal youth…
“The scholarship eased some of the financial burdens of living in an urban city,” she wrote. “Rose Nolan’s story inspired me to complete my degree, knowing that learning is a life-long process. Rose Nolan has empowered me to be a strong and resilient Anishnaabe-kwe.
“I am proud to say that I graduated in May 2008 with a BScN degree in Nursing. I am currently working as a Registered Nurse at the Sudbury Regional Hospital in Sudbury, Ontario.”