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
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.”
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.