Youth Mentor - Victoria Gabriel

Posted: Jan 30, 2020

Hello, my name is Victoria Gabriel, I am 17 years old from Regina, Saskatchewan. I am a grade 12 student at Scott Collegiate and have lived in North Central my whole life.  I love playing and listening to music, going for walks around the city and in parks, and I love hanging out with the kids in the GYM program. I really enjoy being outside in the summertime, going for hikes and swimming in the lake or at the beach. I love playing volleyball with my friends at school, and just being myself wherever I am.  I love GYM so much, being around the kids after a long and sometimes stressful day of school brings me so much joy.  The positive energy the youth bring allows me to be a kid again.

To me, a leader is someone who is strong and confident in their abilities and the abilities of everyone around them.  A leader is someone who is helpful and encouraging to everyone, not just their own team. A leader is someone who tries to find the best solution to a problem that will be best for everyone, not just themselves or for one person in the group. To me, everyone is a leader.

I believe that GYM means family, a big family that helps each other.  It is a place where both kids and adults can play and learn from each other, a safe place where we teach the kids not to judge others for any reason. GYM is one of the most accepting and encouraging places I have ever worked with.  It makes me so happy to know that these kids always have a safe and uplifting place to come to after a long day of school, and that they can just do what kids love to do when they are here, and that's play. My future ambitions are to study music performance at the University of Regina and play in concert bands and orchestras around the country and possibly internationally. I also want to keep working with youth in and around my community.  I love the work that I get to do in GYM and I would be so happy to keep doing work like this when I can, even if it's not through the program as long as I can keep inspiring the youth in my community I’ll be happy.

My short message to the youth: No matter what anyone says, never stop being yourselves, you have so much to offer the world with how unique you are.  Always do what you feel is right and don't let anyone pressure you into doing anything you feel is wrong. You are all so strong and have so much to teach others.  I am so proud of all of you.