Friday , 22 October 2021
Drayden Laviolette,, left, and Mylon McArthur, right, receive the Great Kids Award.

Cold Lake and Lac La Biche boys earn Great Kids Award

Drayden Laviolette,, left, and Mylon McArthur, right, receive the Great Kids Award.

Two kids from the Lakeland received a provincial honour this week.

Ten-year-old Mylon McArthur from Cold Lake and thirteen-year-old Drayden Laviolette from Lac La Biche were two of 16 recipients of the Great Kids Award for inspiring and changing the lives of others.

The Government of Alberta award gave out the honours on Monday.

Mylon McArthur took a stand against bullying by teaching the meaning of First Nations culture and hair to others in his school.

His message of understanding and anti-bullying was spread on various networks, including American media outlets.

Mylon’s story is used around the world to inspire kids in many communities.

Today, he exemplifies courage, resilience, leadership, and determination as he continues to speak out and take action against bullying.

Two years ago, Drayden Laviolette tragically lost his mother, despite the tragedy Drayden demonstrated remarkable resilience.

He holds himself tall every day and serves as a positive role model for his younger brother and other students at his school.

As a full time ski leader at his school and gifted fiddle player, Drayden is always eager to help and bring joy to others. He values every opportunity and lesson to learn, whether from a teacher, friend, improvising assigned work, or through personal reflection.

The strand that Drayden weaves into the Kikino Metis Settlement sash will live long and strengthen the community as he grows older.

With files from Government of Alberta.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.