Tristan was born in Guelph, Ontario and at the age of ten he moved to Massey, Ontario. Tristan lives and works on his family’s dairy farm which has been in the Emiry name for 99 years. As a twelfth grade student at Espanola High School, Tristan has held the position of student body Prime Minister for the past two years. It was through this position that Tristan initially got involved with Spread the Net.
In addition to Tristan’s commitment to Spread the Net and the student council, he is an activate member of the athletic community at Espanola High School, participating on the soccer, track, cross country, curling and basketball teams. Tristan is also a Youth Leader at the local 4H Club, and is the keyboardist for the band The Midnight Turkeys.
Next year, Tristan plans to attend the University of Guelph for Animal Science, where he will continue to spread the word and raise funds for Spread the Net. Tristan’s academic excellence and his involvement in a wide range of extracurricular activities including Spread the Net recently won him a Loran Award, an $80,000 Canadian undergraduate university scholarship.
Tristan believes that Spread the Net is an easy way to help people live healthy lives. By protecting children and families in Africa from malaria they are able to go to school, work, play, and live happier and healthier lives.
Tristan’s experience with Spread the Net in his own words:
“When I was in Grade 11 I ran a fundraiser at our school for the Spread the Net Student Challenge. We raised $13,307.91, the most of any high school in Canada that year, winning us a spot on the Rick Mercer Report and a visit from Rick Mercer. This year I ran our Spread the Net fundraiser again, and we raised another $31,752.72 for Spread the Net. Spread the Net is a great cause because it is such a simple and inexpensive way to save lives. For ten dollars you can save someone’s life and keep them healthy, so they can grow food, raise a family, or go to school.”