Kory Goulais is of Ojibway decent from Nipissing First Nation, a reservation with approximately 900 residents located on the beautiful shores of Lake Nipissing. Kory grew up among family and friends in his home community. Very early in life, Kory discovered that he had a love for sports, specifically, baseball. He began playing the “beautiful game” at age three and, at the age of 27, has yet to stop.
Having grown up in his home community, Kory was heavily influenced by cultural events that he attended as he grew up. However, when he began high school, Kory moved to the nearby city of North Bay. In doing so, he lost touch with many of the events and cultural happenings within the community. While living in the city, Kory continued to broaden his athletic horizon by picking up hockey and football. He also focused on his schooling ensuring that he kept a balance between athletics and education.
Growing up the eldest of three children, Kory is a natural leader. He approaches life with balance in mind, body, spirit and emotion. He is always willing to lend a helping hand and has volunteered with numerous organizations in leadership roles. In high school, in conjunction with his own athletics, Kory lent his time by coaching baseball for younger children. He was also fortunate enough to assist Team Ontario to a gold medal in the 2002 North American Indigenous Games as a 16 year old competing in a division for 18 – 21 year olds.
Kory attended Nipissing University to study business administration and obtained his honours degree. While completing his degree, Kory had the opportunity to tutor Aboriginal students in grade 7 and 8 to assist them with their studies. After completing his degree, Kory took his tutoring one step further by completing a Bachelor of Education degree that allows him to teach students between grade K – 6.
Although Kory didn’t end up pursuing a career in teaching, he did get involved with helping the Aboriginal population at large. Kory currently works for Stonecircle Consulting where he assists numerous Aboriginal organizations and communities with various projects. Kory also recently became involved with the GEN7 Aboriginal Role Model Program, hoping to assist youth with positive and healthy development through athletics.
Kory is currently involved in numerous sports around the Ottawa area. He plays baseball, hockey, volleyball, basketball and is training for a half marathon.