Emma de Guerre is a grade 8 student at École Secondaire Sainte Marguerite d’Youville. Emma has embarked on a journey in search of her First Nations cultural identity. Emma defines "hope" as a "catalyst for success in life" - "It’s what helps you accomplish your dreams.” Emma’s step-sister, Ava, is an inspiration of hope. Having been diagnosed with bone cancer at a young age, Ava chose to persevere with optimism, a reflection of her hope for a healthy future. “She taught me not to take life for granted,” Emma said. As a result, Emma wishes to inspire hope in others, especially those enveloped by sadness.