Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


June 30, 2001 - Issue 39



Iqaluit Student Awarded Ell Scholarship


 by Denise Rideout Nunatsiaq News - June 22, 2001

graphic - soccerIQALUIT ó David Iou is an award-winning student, gifted soccer player, community volunteer and respected youth. Now heís added winning the Ben Ell scholarship to his list of accomplishments.

The Iqaluit 18-year-old was awarded the scholarship at the Inuksuk High School graduation in Nunavutís capital June 9.

"You should have seen my face when I heard my name being called," Iou said.

"I was excited too because it was the first Ben Ell scholarship."

The Iqaluit city council created the scholarship last month in memory of Ben "Siusarnaq" Ell, a well-known Iqaluit resident and hunter who was involved in municipal politics for more than 20 years.

The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a graduating high school student who is involved in student politics, a good community citizen and going on to college or university.

Iou, the son of Noolee Iou and Marc Lalonde, fit the bill.

Sheila Levy, a guidance counsellor at Inuksuk, said Iou was picked because of his good grades, community volunteer work and role on the student council.

"I think he was an excellent choice," said Levy, who has known Iou for several years.

This past year, Iou was treasurer of the Inuksuk student council.

Heís also represented Nunavut at a number of youth conferences in the South. Last year, he attended the National Student Commonwealth Forum and this past April he took part in a "Youth Truth" conference.

This coming August, heíll represent Nunavut at a Canada Games symposium in London, Ont. Heíll join other young people to talk about fair play in sports.

Iou admits athletics are his biggest passion.

Heís played on the schoolís soccer, basketball and volleyball teams. Sports have taken him many places, including a soccer tournament in Greenland two years ago.

"If Iím not doing homework, Iím playing sports," Iou said with a smile.

As an athlete and an academic, Iou said he always finds a way to balance sports and studies. During free periods in school he did his homework, leaving his evenings open for basketball and other sports.

Last summer he volunteered with the city soccer club, teaching kids soccer skills and refereeing games.

Now Iou is taking his love of sports Ė and his desire to continue his education Ėto the next level. Heís going to university to become a gym teacher.

This fall heíll attend Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont., where heíll take courses on recreation and sports. Following that, he wants to complete an education degree so he can teach physical-education classes.

"It would be nice being Inuk and having a degree. I think it could get you far," Iou said.

And the young man doesnít mind the pressure of living up to those expectations.

"Itís very nice when I hear Iím a role model," he said.

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