An athlete and a sportsman, Leonard Paul has great energy, enthusiasm and respect for physical activity, thriving on the joys of cycling, mountain biking and snow-shoeing, just to name a few of his passions. He has a very strong belief in the benefits of outdoor activities for the young people of the First Nations and has taken on various leadership roles to promote their physical, mental and spiritual health and promote a positive approach to the future.
While Leonard has devoted much of his life to his art, he has also taken a great interest in the youth of the First Nations and has held several positions as a teacher, mentor and leader. He held a position as acting Director of Indian Brook R.O.C.K.S., an arts/cultural program in Indian Brook First Nation, dedicated to promoting cultural arts among youth.
Currently, Mr. Paul is a full-time employee with Bearspaw First Nation Administration, Morley, Alberta, as Wellness Sport Programs Coordinator and Art Instructor. He believes, and advocates, that a perfect spiritual harmony involves a connection between the mind and the physical body. Leonard loves to roam around the country sides and river banks with his black Labrador seeking inspiration for his art and maintaining his affinity with nature.
Leonard's strong belief system, questioning mind and concern for his fellows led him to undertake university studies in philosophy. His calmness and spirituality are evident in his art works and in his current endeavours which include a Mi'kmaq Legends book for children.