Published on April 17, 2014
Easter Seals Ambassador Brett Robinson beams as he accepts an Easter Seals contribution and a card from Alberton Elementary School kindergarten student Summer Gordon. Looking on are his mom, Lynn, left, and Easter Seals tour coordinator Janice Blacquiere. She presented her school‚Äôs $200 contribution as well as the $224.80 she raised through a special fundraising initiative.
Published on April 17, 2014
Kindergarten student Summer Gordon clutches a donation bottle as she awaits the arrival of Easter Seals Ambassador to school, Alberton Elementary, on Thursday. During a recent bus trip to an Ottawa Senators game with her grandfather and bus driver, David Gordon, Summer started a game where passengers were encouraged to donate money to Easter Seals every time they mentioned the word Ottawa during the bus trip. She collected $112.40 for the cause and her grandfather matched it for a $224.80 contribution to Easter Seals.
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 ‚ÄúThink it‚Ä¶Dream it‚Ä¶Live it!‚ÄĚ 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.
‚ÄúI want people to dream big and live their best life. I do,‚ÄĚ 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,‚ÄĚ said Tim Hortons‚Äô Janice Blacquiere who has been coordinator for 23 of the tour‚Äôs 35 years. ‚ÄúThe schools are so welcoming to our tour and the support has been phenomenal.‚ÄĚ
Blacquiere said the tour is a highlight of her job.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs just the enthusiasm you see from the ambassadors, and the kids, when you go into the schools, it‚Äôs just amazing. It‚Äôs very heart-warming.‚ÄĚ
Commenting on Brett‚Äôs theme, Think it‚Ä¶Dream it‚Ä¶Live it!‚ÄĚ Blacquiere reflected, ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs something that we can all live by, day in and day out.‚ÄĚ
The ambassador told his audience he is excited to learn what the future holds. ‚ÄúWith the changes in technology, anything is possible,‚ÄĚ he said, adding that Rick Hansen autographed a photo for him with the ‚Äėanything is possible‚Äô message. ‚ÄúThey are words to live by for me.‚ÄĚ