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Aboriginal Student Success Story: Britannia's Christopher Bruce

Growing up in an athletic family, Christopher Bruce learned the value of responsibility at a very young age. In addition to working hard as a student at Britannia, Bruce also spends his time playing rugby, shooting archery, paintballing and even doing Reiki.

A member of the Tsimshian Nation, Bruce moved to Vancouver from Prince Rupert when he was just three years old.  He's currently in Britannia's Learning Support Program, where he is grateful for the caring and considerate teachers who help him learn about his Aboriginal roots.

Over the years, in addition to playing sports and working hard in school, Bruce also became an active member of the Britannia community. He currently participates in the Leo Club and the International Connections Club and is quick to thank his family for teaching him the value of trying new things.

"Rugby is a tough sport. It's very physical, and wasn't always easy," said Bruce. "But my family taught me to work hard, and after a while I got better at it. I think that's why I enjoy trying lots of different things now that I'm older."

It was the courage to try new things that led Bruce to join the cadets, which has reinforced earlier lessons he learned about discipline and teamwork. He's even attracted a few friends to join him, and believes the cadets are a natural extension of what he's learned so far in life.

"I'm really proud of my accomplishments so far, and I know that my parents and teachers are too." says Bruce. "I'm also grateful that I've been able to try so many things, at such a young age." 

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