Brandon Ramey, 17, of Happy Valley-Goose Bay is the recipient of the 2012 National Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award.
According to a news release, the award is governed by the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples' National Youth Council out of Ottawa.
Brandon was nominated by RCMP Cpl. Rick Mills of the RCMP Community/Aboriginal Policing Section in Goose Bay.
The annual award recognizes aboriginal youth for their achievements and establishing role models in the community.
Brandon is a Nunatukavut youth who is very involved in the community and is a role model to aboriginal youth.
During November 2011, Brandon organized an RCMP Appreciation Night at Happy Valley-Goose Bay which saw 15 RCMP Officers attend along with their families.
Brandon MP Peter Penashue and the local MHA Keith Russell to attend as guest speakers. Certificates of Appreciations were given to all RCMP Officers for their contribution to keeping the residents of Labrador safe. This was well received by all police officers and members of the community.
Brandon is very active with the Goose Bay Chapter of Mother's Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.) and has conducted numerous presentations on impaired driving to high school students throughout Labrador. Brandon is presently attending St. Thomas University in Fredericton, N.B. where he continues organizing charity events and acting as a role model to all students alike.
Brandon is not only a role model for the aboriginal youth of Nunatukavut, but for all aboriginal youth of Labrador and across the country.