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UPDATE: Georgetown student Brayden White chosen as P.E.I.'s 2018 Easter Seals Ambassador

2018 Easter Seals Ambassador Brayden White is congratulated by his father, Melvin Ford, during the campaign kickoff at the Charlottetown Hotel on Monday.
2018 Easter Seals Ambassador Brayden White is congratulated by his father, Melvin Ford, during the campaign kickoff at the Charlottetown Hotel on Monday. - Sally Cole

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Brayden White skipped school Monday, but no adults seemed to mind.

Brayden White, 12, of Georgetown is the 2018 Easter Seals campaign ambassador for P.E.I.
Brayden White, 12, of Georgetown is the 2018 Easter Seals campaign ambassador for P.E.I.

He had to attend a luncheon in his honour.

The Grade 7 student at Georgetown School was introduced as the 2018 Easter Seals Ambassador during the campaign kick-off in Charlottetown.

Brayden, who has Down syndrome, says he can’t wait to start his duties – visiting 65 Island schools during the Tim Hortons Ambassador’s School Tour in April.

“I’m so excited,” said Brayden, 12, smiling and waving to people, as he made his way to the head table during the noontime meeting of the Rotary Club of Charlottetown.

The son of Melvin Ford and the late Jennifer White loves his family, including his brother Keighan and sister Alysa.

He also loves sports, horse racing and camp.

“Soccer, basketball and hockey are my favourites. I also like to sing and play the guitar,” says Brayden, adding his two Island favourite singers are Barry O’Brien and Frank Whitty.

He’s hoping these P.E.I. musicians will come along with him on the school tour.

“It’s going to be fun. We’ll meet lots of kids. And we’ll collect lots of money.”

The 2018 campaign promises to be an exciting one, says the chairwoman of the 2018 Easter Seals Campaign.

“Our ambassador, Brayden, is a charming and amazing young man. And I love his motto, Be brave, never give up. He’s truly an example of that,” says Edna Reid.

Money raised from the campaign sends children to summer camp, gives people the benefit of therapeutic horseback riding. It also puts lifesaving tracking bracelets on wrists and provides summer tutoring.

“I’m looking forward to working with Brayden on this campaign,” Reid says.

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Get to know Brayden White

  • Favourite artist: Alan Jackson
  • Favourite song: “It's Five O' Clock Somewhere”
  • Favourite activity: Cooking breakfast with his father
  • Favourite food: Oatmeal with brown sugar

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