A former La Ronge resident is being recognized for his work.

Jason Mercredi has been named to the CBC’s Future 40 Under 40 List for his work with Prairie Harm Reduction in Saskatoon. The organization, which was previously known as AIDS Saskatoon, has made news for opening the first safe consumption site in Saskatchewan.

For Mercredi, who serves as executive director for the organization, the recognition was an honour and caught him off guard. He added he primarily deflects attention away from himself and onto the Prairie Harm Reduction.

“It was a pleasant surprise to be recipient,” he said.

Mercredi said it was also nice that he was nominated by a former board chair for the organization Jane Calder. He said she has been longtime supporter of his and has played an important role in his career.

“She was one of a couple people that saw potential in me and helped me grow and develop,” he said.

Before moving to Saskatoon, Mercredi worked in La Ronge at the hospital and also worked for the town and local library doing programming for kids. He still has family in town and tries to get back as often as he can.

Along with helping to bring attention to the work his organization does, Mercredi, who is Métis and Denesuline said it is also good to recognize Indigenous leadership.

“I think it’s important to recognize Indigenous leadership, myself aside, so it’s all good to you know, win one for the home team so to speak,” he said.

(Jason Mercredi: Prairie Harm Reduction YouTube)