The Nick Project was launched to carry on the legacy of Nick Arsenault, a very special individual who touched many lives and made a difference in the world around him. The non-profit organization is on a mission to provide opportunities for youth development and community connection. Projects they take on empower youth to engage in music, skateboarding, snowboarding, and outdoor activities. There is a focus on youth of lower socioeconomic status who may not otherwise have access to resources for such activities.
On October 14th, The Nick Project will be hosting its second annual Evening of Arsenault event. This fundraiser generates support for the Wilderness First Aid Program by the Stoney Education Authority, the music bursary, and other smaller projects throughout the year. Last year's event raised over $20,000, which enabled the Project to contribute to initiatives such as Spirit North and fund new projects for the following year.
This year, The Nick Project will have a simultaneous event in Moncton, NB, Nick's hometown. Both events will be live-streamed together. The Canmore event will take place at Creekside Villa and feature a live silent auction, guest speakers from current projects, interactive donor activity stations, and delicious refreshments.
Current projects and partnerships include:
The Nicholas Arsenault Memorial Award for Emerging Artists
Every year, the Nicholas Arsenault Memorial Award recognizes young artists between the ages of 7 and 17 who are part of Mount Royal University's extracurricular youth program. The award is specifically designed for talented individuals with a passion for guitar or piano who face financial barriers. Two $500 bursaries annually are given.
Partnership with the Stoney Education Authority
The Stoney Education Authority, located in Mînî Thnî, Alberta, launched the Wild program in 2021. This innovative approach to education focuses on outdoor and land-based learning for grade 4 students. Now in its second year, the program has expanded to include grade 5 students as well. By taking their studies outside and embracing their Îethka culture, the students engage in lessons and activities that instill pride and relevancy.
The Nick Project is honored to support this program. Through fundraising efforts, the Project has provided proper outdoor clothing for the students participating in NES Wild.
This year, the non-profit is excited to be involved in a pilot project for high school students, in collaboration with the Stoney Education Authority. Transitioning from high school can be challenging, particularly in rural communities where career opportunities may be limited. To ensure the students' success, the Stoney Education Authority will be piloting a wilderness first aid course for up to 10 students. This course will not only equip them with valuable skills but will also count towards their high school credits.
Support for 5024 General Store
5024 General Store, a local skate shop in Lacombe, AB, shares The Nick Project’s passion for introducing youth to skateboarding. This partnership provides funding for skate gear used in free skate camps, which cater to young individuals facing financial barriers. These camps are organized by 5024 General Store, in collaboration with Blackfalds Family and Community Support and Ever Active. When funding is sufficient, children who develop a love for skateboarding during these camps may even have the opportunity to take home their own skateboard and safety gear, allowing them to continue pursuing their newfound passion.
To learn more about these and upcoming projects, or to donate or contribute to the Evening of Arsenault events, email [email protected]. Monetary donations can be made through the website. Stay updated by visiting The Nick Project online, on Facebook, or Instagram.