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March is Easter Seals Month


Easter Seals Alberta names its 2016 Youth Ambassadors

Calgary, AB – The month of March marks the time of year Easter Seals Canada launches a nationwide month-long campaign to amplify the courageous stories of Canadian kids and young adults with disabilities, living lives to their full potential. Albertans can give their support by donating online at www.eastersealsmonth.ca and by purchasing Paper Eggs at participating retailers across the province.

Introducing the 2016 Easter Seals Ambassadors

Every year, Easter Seals Alberta appoints two Ambassadors to represent Easter Seals Alberta across the province.  They volunteer their time at special events and make public appearances – all in an effort to educate others about life with a disability or medical condition. The 2016 Ambassadors are Ade Adebolu (Northern Alberta) and Colby Ewasiuk (Southern Alberta).

Ade is 11-years-old and lives in Edmonton. Ade was born with cerebral palsy which, in her case, means she has several challenges including speech and mobility. These challenges don’t detract from her warm, caring and positive personality, which is why her grandfather’s nickname for her is his, “Happy Camper”.

Ade became part of Easter Seals when her family received a porch lift in their garage. The porch lift has made it possible for Ade to have her wheelchair for use in the house and getting out of the house.

Colby is 22-years-old and lives in Parkland, Alberta. Colby was diagnosed at six-months-old with mild quadraparetic cerebral palsy, caused by a lack of oxygen during surgery, which in his case means his disability effects his gross motor skills. He needs help with personal care, meal preparation, and help with transfers in and out of his power-wheelchair. These challenges don’t detract from his warm, enthusiastic and positive personality. Colby has been a camper at Easter Seals Camp Horizon since 2012.

You can read more about Ade and Colby at http://www.easterseals.ab.ca/Site/AboutUs/ProvincialAmbassadors.aspx.

Easter Seals Camp Horizon is a one-of-a-kind camp, located in Kananaskis Country southwest of Bragg Creek, where every year 1,200 campers get to explore the great outdoors, learn new skills, traverse high-ropes challenge courses, swing on a giant swing, rock climb, and challenge themselves in ways they never imagined possible.

It costs approximately $1,200 per child for one week of specialized camp as our camper:staff ratios are maintained at 3:1 or lower. Through generous donations Easter Seals Alberta subsidizes this fee by 50% so that all campers have the chance to attend camp.

How do you put a price tag on the kind of experience that generates memories and friendships that are everlasting, ultimately changing lives? Camp is not only a game-changer – it’s a life-changer!

“The camp experience is liberating and invigorating for our campers, because we focus on ability – not disability,” says Susan Boivin, CEO of Easter Seals Alberta. “That’s what makes Easter Seals Camp Horizon so unique. Campers leave camp each summer empowered through self confidence and with the knowledge that for them, anything is possible.”

Easter Seals Paper Egg Campaign

In addition to featured campaign at www.eastersealsmonth.ca, Easter Seals’ annual Paper Egg Campaign takes place in retailers across Canada. National sponsors Booster Juice and The Bargain!Shop/Red Apple Stores Inc. along with dozens of other provincial sponsors provide paper eggs for individuals to purchase for $2. Since 2007, The Bargain!Shop/Red Apple Stores Inc. has been the top national fundraising sponsor, raising more than $1.16 million with Booster Juice stores across the country raising more than $200,000 in just six years. The Campaign runs from Feb 29-March 27, 2016 for all locations except for Booster Juice.  Booster Juice campaign runs a two-week campaign from March 7-22, 2016.

Local participating retailers include:

  • Albert’s Restaurants (Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Vegreville, Red Deer)
  • The Bargain!Shop/Red Apple Stores Inc.
  • Booster Juice
  • Campers Village
  • Canadian Tire (Windemere, Edmonton)
  • Legends Hair
  • Optimize Physiotherapy and Sport Injury Clinic (Edmonton)
  • Peavey Mart
  • Save-on-Foods (Cochrane)
  • Swiss Chalet (Windermere, Edmonton)
  • Time to Care Dental Group (Edmonton)
  • Tutti Frutii Breakfast and Lunch (Edmonton, Spruce Grove, Sherwood Park)

About Easter Seals Alberta
Easter Seals Alberta is a registered charity that has been serving Albertans since 1951. Our mission is to provide services that foster inclusion, independence and recreation for individuals with disabilities and medical conditions. Our vision is Inspiring Potential, Building Community, and Enriching Lives. Easter Seals Alberta also funds disability solutions through financial assistance, summer camp, advocacy, and public and consumer education. For more information, please visit our website www.easterseals.ab.ca.

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