Easter Seals Ambassador Tour visits West Prince schools

Eric McCarthy
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ALBERTON -- Students at Alberton Elementary School started cheering Thursday as soon as the Tim Hortons School Tour bus with Easter Seals Ambassador Brett pulled up outside and they kept it up until he made his way to the front of the auditorium. 

After listening to his “Think it…Dream it…Live it!” presentation, the students presented him with Easter Seals donations totaling $424.80.

Alberton was the fifth school on the West Prince leg of 65 schools Brett Robinson and his entourage will visit over six school days. The West Prince leg was the third day of the tour. He will complete his school tour on April 24.

Brett is the 15 year-old son of Dave and Lynn Robinson of Mermaid, and he attends Charlottetown Rural High School.

“I want people to dream big and live their best life. I do,” the Easter Seals ambassador stated.

Kindergarten student Summer Gordon presented the donation on behalf of her school. She turned a game into a fundraiser for Easter Seals during a recent bus tour trip to an Ottawa Senators home game. Her grandfather, David Gordon was the bus driver for the trip. She encouraged donations for Easter Seals from passengers anytime they mentioned Ottawa during the bus ride, and her grandfather matched their donations for a total contribution of $224.80.

Today has been awesome up here in the West,” said Tim Hortons’ Janice Blacquiere who has been coordinator for 23 of the tour’s 35 years. “The schools are so welcoming to our tour and the support has been phenomenal.”

Blacquiere said the tour is a highlight of her job.

“It’s just the enthusiasm you see from the ambassadors, and the kids, when you go into the schools, it’s just amazing. It’s very heart-warming.”

Commenting on Brett’s theme, Think it…Dream it…Live it!” Blacquiere reflected, “That’s something that we can all live by, day in and day out.”

The ambassador told his audience he is excited to learn what the future holds. “With the changes in technology, anything is possible,” he said, adding that Rick Hansen autographed a photo for him with the ‘anything is possible’ message. “They are words to live by for me.”

Organizations: Charlottetown Rural High School, Ottawa Senators, Tim Hortons

Geographic location: West Prince, Ottawa

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