Easter Seals Launch at the Government House

February 27 2018

New Brunswick's Lieutenant-Governor welcomed Easter Seals supporters to the Government House yesterday. For over 50 years, Easter Seals launched a spring campaign to raise money and awareness to support people with disabilities in New Brunswick. The Honourable Jocelyne Roy Vienneau accepted this year's seals as Honorary Patron of Easter Seals from Brandon Liston, the National Ambassador for Easter Seals Canada.

“I say thank you, from the thousands of young people for who Camp Rotary is a lifetime highlight,” said Roy Vienneau, “Camp Rotary is about possibilities, each and every summer for 66 years.”

This year’s Spring campaign is focused on Brandon Liston, his journey through school and his future goals.

“He says he will be Premier one day and I believe him,” said Roy Vienneau.

    Brandon Liston sharing a story about Camp Rotary

Easter Seals National Ambassador, Brandon Liston presents the 2018
Easter Seals to to The Honourable Jocelyne Roy Vienneau, Lt-Gov of N-B

Easter Seals awards local fundraisers and volunteers

Liston then presented Easter Seals Merit Awards to select individuals for their fundraising and volunteer support.

Doug MacKenize earned an award for his outstanding fundraising leadership. MacKenzie has been a long-time supporter and one of the biggest fundraisers for Easter Seals. He began selling Paper Eggs in 2001 as manager of The Bargain! Shop in Woodstock. For 11 years, until the closure of the store, MacKenzie ensured his team were top fundraisers among the stores across Canada.

“Even after the business closed, Doug continued to support Easter Seals,” said Liston, “Using his business and personal connections, he sent out Paper Eggs to other local businesses and even organized a door-to-door campaign to sell them.”

                             Brandon Liston and Doug MacKenzie promoting the Paper Egg Campaign in 2010

Easter Seals National Ambassador, Brandon Liston presents Doug MacKenzie
of Woodstock with the Merit Award in recognition of outstanding fundraising leadership.

A group of dedicated Martial Artists were awarded for over 10 years of volunteer service. The award winners are: Achille Lefort, Alain LaJoie, Andy Young, Bill Adams, Bill Conley, Dave Munn, Geoff MacDonald, and Rob McFee. This group helps plan and run the Easter Seals Martial Arts Tournament every year in May, raising over $25,000 to date. Their awards will be presented at this year’s tournament on Saturday, May 5.

March is Easter Seals Month

Easter Seals uses the month of March to celebrate and promote the essential services they provide to the community:

  • Refurbishes, loans, and manages over 5,000 pieces of specialized mobility equipment annually
  • Providing assistive technology, such as communication aids, to students in the province
  • Camp Rotary grants hundreds of people with disabilities in New Brunswick the opportunity to benefit from an authentic camp experience
  • Engaging youth with physical disabilities in a variety of recreational activities including Sledge Hockey and Rock Climbing
  • Loaning adapted toys to families

All of these programs are directed specifically toward individuals with disabilities and rely on the support of the community for their continued implementation and success.

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