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 2015
Northern Alberta Ambassador
Alessandro is 15-years old and currently attends Austin O’Brien High School. He lives in Edmonton with his parents, Mireille and Tony, and his younger brother Marco.
Alessandro, a very positive person, was born with kidney disease. His first surgery was when he was 10 days old. Although he has had 14 surgeries and was diagnosed with stage 4 renal failure in 2013, he will not let his challenges overcome his daily life and activities. He knows that he will require a kidney transplant in the future, which will definitely improve his quality of life.
Easter Seals has given Alessandro the opportunity to enjoy kidney Kamp every year since he was 9 years old. It allows him to be with other kids who have similar issues where he can relax and just be himself. Alessandro’s favorite camp memories are going rafting and meeting new friends, as well as reconnecting with his buddies each year.
Alessandro enjoys playing all kinds of sports, especially baseball. His favorite passions are fishing (summer and winter), camping and hunting. Of course, he loves playing video games and spending time with his family and friends. He is a true outdoors man must just like his father.
In the future, Alessandro hopes to be able to continue to enjoy spending time with family and friends and participating in all the activities he loves. He sincerely hopes that his transplant will be successful and that he can lead a happy and fulfilled life.
He would love people to be more accepting and less judgemental. He is blessed to be part of a large, loving family. According to Alessandro, “Having kidney disease is very challenging at times, but the love and support of my family helps me get through the tough time. Have a positive attitude helps you realize that life is full of great things even if you have kidney disease”.
Alessandro is an alumni of Easter Seals Camp Horizon Kidney Camp (In partnership with The Nephrology Department at the Alberta Children's Hospital and Stollery Children's Hospital).
Southern Alberta Ambassador
Nicole is 18 years old and was born with VACTERL Syndrome. This means she has lived with health issues her entire life. She has kidney disease and has had over one hundred surgeries in her life. She was on dialysis for eight years and had a kidney transplant six years ago. She also has a colostomy, an ileal conduit, and several other health issues.
Nicole is a very social person and enjoys meeting new people. Some of her favorite things are scrapbooking, singing, dancing, and . . . going to kidney camp!
Nicole says, “Camp has given me a different outlook on my life and it has made me realize how strong of a person I really am. It has provided me with opportunities to connect with other kids like me and has allowed me to attend a camp where I can experience things like other kids. I have been going to Easter Seals Camp Horizon since I was eight-years-old and I look forward to it every year! It is always one of the highlights of my year.”
Nicole’s biggest hope and dream would be to graduate with both her high school certificate and high school diploma. Then one day she would love to work as a camp counsellor. She says, “I hope that kids continue to have the opportunity to go to camp and have the experiences that I have had.”
Nicole is an alumna of Easter Seals Camp Horizon's Kidney Camp (In partnership with The Nephrology Department at the Alberta Children's Hospital and Stollery Children's Hospital).