Erralyn Thomas is from Snuneymuxw First Nation located in Nanaimo, BC. Currently, she attends Law School at the University of British Columbia and is one of three GEN7 Messengers recruited in 2010.
Erralyn believes that societal hardships she encountered because of being a First Nations youth, as well as inspiring mentors in her life, are what have moulded her into the person she is today.
She played numerous sports in high-school eventually leading her to a Division 1 Lacrosse scholarship to attend Niagara University in New York. Here she studied toward her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. Erralyn also later competed in the 2009 Woman’s Lacrosse World Cup in Czech Republic as a member of the Haudenosaunee Women’s National Team. Her coaches considered her a “diamond in the rough”, transforming her into a positive contributer to society by instilling in her the athletic principles of being a fair team player, teaching her discipline, determination and leadership; all attributes that have helped her to achieve her dreams.
The young BC woman was also hired by the First Nations Health Council (FNHC) as a role model in the summer of 2009, during which time she visited four communities to tell her story. Erralyn looks forward to telling her story and sharing the positive experiences she has had with sport & physical activity with the communities she will visit as a GEN7 Messenger.