Provincial Ambassadors

Ambassadors are appointed yearly 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.  Easter Seals Alberta is honoured to work with the following remarkable young people:

Provincial Ambassadors 2014

Portia Dugan
Northern Alberta Ambassador


Portia is a 7-year old and currently attends Evansdale Elementary School.  She lives with her parents Isabel and Michael in Edmonton.  Portia is a happy and energetic young girl. At 10 days old, she had a bilateral hemorrhage which led to a stroke. As a result of the stroke, Portia has Cerebral Palsy and sometimes experiences epileptic seizures, and she is not able to move about independently and is non-verbal.  With Portia growing every day, it became increasingly difficult to transport her between the garage and the house. As a result, the family contacted Easter Seals Alberta for assistance. The family had the yard removed and replaced it with a cement pad. Thanks to Easter Seals Alberta, they were able to install a wheelchair lift and landing. 

The family now has the ability to move Portia safely between the house and the garage. Portia enjoys art, swimming, and Rebound Therapy.  She also has a love for books and is currently a “Brownie” with the Girl Guides of Canada.  In the summer, she rides her modified bike which gives her much joy.  Her parent’s hope is that one day Portia will be able to move about independently and be able to effectively communicate on her own. In the future, they want to purchase a modified van, as transportation is becoming a challenge as Portia and her wheelchair become bigger and heavier.  Modifications to the home still need to be done, especially the bathroom.  Due to Portia’s developmental and physical challenges, she requires attention 24 hours a day, so the family has a need for more respite care workers, which will greatly assist their day-to-day lives. 

Portia’s mother, Isabel, would like to leave us with this final thought:  “Those who underestimate a person by what they only see, lose out on discovering the potential of greatness.”  



Megan Fachini
Southern Alberta
Ambassador



Megan is 24 years old and has Cerebral Palsy. She requires a power wheelchair for mobility. Her disability causes severe muscle spasticity which affects all aspects of daily living. Megan lives in Strathmore, Alberta with her parents, two dogs and two cats. She would like to someday move away from home to live with friends and a service dog.

Megan does not allow her disability to get in the way of achieving her goals. She received her Education Assistant certification from Bow Valley College in June 2013. She is currently working and volunteering as an Education Assistant at two elementary schools.

Megan’s first experience with Easter Seals Alberta was when she was five years old. At that time, Easter Seals provided her with a wheelchair lift for the family van. Megan became re-involved with Easter Seals in 2011 when she first attended Camp Horizon. She has gone to camp every year since, and will continue to do so as long as they will have her! While Megan loves the activities and opportunities at camp, her favorite things are the unconditional acceptance and positive attitudes of everyone there.

Megan’s hope is that someday soon we will all learn to focus on our similarities rather than our differences.


 

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Did You Know Part 1

In 1951 Canadian Mothers began marches such as one led by Canada’s first female Cabinet Minister, Ellen Fairclough, MP for Hamilton West. As a result of their efforts, the research of Dr. Jonas Salk was well funded, creating the historic made-in-Canada cure for polio. Today, Easter Seals Alberta funds vital programs and services for adults with disabilities and special needs.