At just 22 years old, Tracie Léost is making waves across Canada and now around the world.
Tracie and her volunteer endeavours at Ehrlo Sport Venture were featured on the website Olympics.com in the By Her Rules series.
The series highlights five female athletes across the world who are defying the perception of what a woman is supposed to be doing in her society, her sport or her community and changing the course of their lives as well as the world around them.
Tracie is a young Métis leader, activist, and academic from St. Laurent, Manitoba in Treaty 1 Territory. At 16 years old, she ran 140 kilometres to raise awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and now she is empowering Indigenous youth living on the prairies.
For the past five years, Tracie has been an unfailing coach for Ehrlo Sport Venture’s hockey, football, and baseball leagues where she provides ongoing and enthusiastic support to our players.
She recently completed the Bachelor of Social Work program at the University of Regina, and she is a first-generation university graduate in her family. She was named one of the university's most promising undergraduate students and she plans on studying Indigenous law next. Tracie is also the founder of Waanishka Movement Inc., an Indigenous youth led non-profit that exists to support and uplift the rise of Indigenous young people.
As Tracie transitions into new roles and opportunities, we are confident that the lessons that she has instilled in our youth will not be forgotten.
“We are sad to see Tracie go, but thankful for her contributions to our program and excited to see what future awaits her,” stated Gloria Patrick, Sport Venture manager. “She lives her passion and exhibits strength and care as she advocates for those in need. It is a pleasure to honour and highlight her contributions to Ehrlo Sport Venture and beyond—congratulations Tracie on all your achievements!”
Check out her video here.