Dec 20

OISE grad Leslie Campbell makes news forming first-ever girls’ hockey team in Eabametoong First Nation

By Zachary Pedersen
Leslie Campbell and Bev Caswell

Leslie Campbell visits with Bev Caswell and the Robertson Program on Dec. 19, 2016

Leslie Campbell, a recent graduate of OISE’s Master of Arts in Child Study and Education at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study (University of Toronto), is making headlines in her first year as a teacher. Leslie is a former student of Dr. Joan Moss and Dr. Jan Pelletier. Last year, she joined Bev Caswell and the Robertson team on a research trip to our Seven Generations Education Institute partner schools in Northwestern Ontario. Now a Grade One teacher at Eabametoong First Nation in Northern Ontario, Leslie is making national news after founding the first-ever girls’ hockey team in her community.

Leslie needed to figure out how she could acquire hockey equipment for each of the 19 girls on the team – no small task in a fly-in community.

But a donation organized by a high school student in Southern Ontario soon made it all possible.

“I really thought it was a dream,” Leslie told CBC news.

Read Leslie’s amazing story on CBC’s website

You can listen to members of the newly formed hockey team share their excitement on CBC radio online.

The Robertson Program congratulates Leslie and everyone on the team at Eabametoong First Nation!

Leslie is a teacher with Teach for Canada – a non-profit organization that works with northern First Nations communities to recruit, prepare, and support outstanding teachers. Read more about Teach for Canada.

Leslie was also the recipient of the Dr. David Suzuki Fellowship Award from Natural Curiosity for the 2015/16 school year.

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