Twilight Actor Justin Rain Visits Mohawk College with an Inspiring Message

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Canadian actor gives special talk to Aboriginal youth through Mohawk’s Project Pathfinder program.

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Students participating in Mohawk College’s Project Pathfinder were particularly excited upon seeing Canadian actor Justin Rain walk on stage.

After gaining acclaim for his appearance in the blockbuster sensation “The Twilight Saga – Eclipse” and the APTN television series “Blackstone”, Rain has made a point to steer his fame toward the community by giving special talks to young natives. Dubbed “Artist Inside,” Rain’s talks focus on his experiences growing up as an aspiring native artist and how he managed to triumph over several obstacles along the way.

Rain’s dedication to encouraging youth runs parallel with Mohawk’s commitment to instilling a greater sense of confidence in Aboriginal adolescents and young adults. “We don't see ourselves in a lot of positive areas, like billboards or movies or senior management," says Ron McLester, Manager of Mohawk's Aboriginal Education & Student Services. "The more we can show students we exist in those places, the more likely it is they'll aspire to it.”

This is the second year Mohawk College is running its Project Pathfinder initiative. Aimed at exposing young Aboriginal students to a variety of cultural and educational activities, Project Pathfinder hosts four 2-week camps throughout the months of July and August. Participating students live in on-campus residences in order to experience the day-to-day of typical college life.

Project Pathfinder also provides students with the opportunity to explore education and career options in a variety of different industries, including health and technology, chemistry, and robotics. By exposing students to post-secondary education programs that fuse their abilities and interests, Mohawk hopes that the young students will leave the camp with the confidence and belief that they can accomplish their dreams.

With a program catalogue consisting of hundreds of program and course options, Mohawk College offers full-time, continuing education, apprenticeship and online learning programs, all of which span across a number of different domains. Most

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Amy Kelaidis
Mohawk College
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