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ATB Christmas in Kananaskis brings Christmas Cheer

January 11, 2018

ATB Christmas in Kananaskis brings Christmas Cheer for people with disabilities at Easter Seals Camp Horizon

Christmas Joy abundant at Easter Seals Camp Horizon for adults with disabilities    

Calgary, AB – For more than 30 years, Easter Seals Camp Horizon has been the home away from home for 60 adults with physical and developmental disabilities from December 23 to 26. In preparation for the holidays, staff from Calgary area ATB Financial branches have filled Christmas hampers for each camper, come out to decorate the lodges of Easter Seals Camp Horizon and financially supported the magical program through its community investment plan. 

Easter Seals Camp Horizon’s Christmas program includes hay rides, spa treatments, karaoke, giant jenga, bowling, adaptive sledding, baking, crafts, bonfires - and of course a visit by Santa himself, Christmas morning. The event is made possible by a team of volunteers, along with our amazing camp staff. Camper smiles and joy are infectious, reminding us of what’s really important this time of year.   

"We’re looking forward to this year's Christmas Camp. It's truly a unique and inspiring event, where volunteers spend their holidays helping others, and campers with disabilities celebrate the most festive time of year with friends," said Adam Ross, Director of Operations at Easter Seals Camp Horizon. “There’s nowhere else these adults would rather be during the holidays. For many, it’s the only place they can go when group homes are quiet while personal support workers take much deserved Christmas holidays.”  

The overwhelming support and generosity from the staff at ATB Financial branches in Calgary provides gifts for each camper on Christmas morning.   

Easter Seals Camp Horizon is one of the most special places on Earth,” said David Drok, ATB Financial’s Calgary market vice president. “The camp’s guests are able to feel independence and a sense of belonging every time they visit. Our donation today is one of several ways we support Easter Seals Camp Horizon. Our team members are very passionate about contributing to Camp any way they can.”  

Easter Seals Christmas Camp recruits volunteers from across Canada to spend their holiday time with people most in need. In return, they’re rewarded with a memorable and magical experience.   

Easter Seals Camp Horizon has brightened the lives of more than 100,000 Albertans with disabilities and medical conditions since 1965.  

Special Media Event – Media Welcome

 Who:             Easter Seals Camp Horizon Christmas Elves & ATB Financial Staff                       including Branch Manager Amarjit Rakra

What:            Christmas hamper pick-up  

Where:          ATB Financial Saddleridge - 50 Saddletowne Cir NE, Calgary, AB T3J 0H5

When:           Friday, December 15 @ 10:30 a.m.  

Photo Opp:   Christmas Elves picking-up Christmas hampers  

Christmas Camp December 23 – 26, 2015 – Media Welcome

Who:             Easter Seals Camp Horizon Christmas Camp

What:            Christmas Camp hosting 60 adults with disabilities along with 60 volunteers. 

Where:          Easter Seals Camp Horizon, 40 minutes southwest of Calgary, just 10 km                       southwest of Bragg Creek on Hwy 66

When:           December 23-26, 2016

Why:             Fulfilling Christmas dreams for adults with disabilities.  

Visual opportunities include but are not limited to:  

December 25 - 9:30am – Santa’s arrival  Dec 24th 10 am-noon wagon rides through the forest  

Experience the joy of Christmas Camp and holiday cheer.  

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About Easter Seals

Alberta Easter Seals Alberta is a registered charity that has been serving Albertans since 1951. Our mission is to provide services that foster inclusion, independence and recreation for individuals with disabilities and medical conditions. Our vision is Inspiring Potential, Building Community, and Enriching Lives. Easter Seals Alberta also funds disability solutions through financial assistance, summer camp, advocacy, and public and consumer education. For more information, please visit our website www.easterseals.ab.ca.      

About ATB Financial

With assets of $49.6 billion, ATB Financial is Alberta’s largest home-grown financial institution. Established in 1938, ATB is a network of 174 branches, 142 agencies, a Customer Care Centre, two Entrepreneur Centres, along with mobile and online banking. ATB’s more than 5,000 team members help more than 730,000 customers in 247 Alberta communities.  

For more information and to confirm your media visit, please contact:   

Easter Seals Alberta

Adam Ross Director, Camp

Phone: 403-949-3818 ext. 22

Mobile: 403-389-7737

Email: adam@easterseals.ab.ca     

ATB Financial

Michelle Stead

Reputation & Brand ATB Financial

Phone: 780-442-7484

Mobile: 587-987-4213 

Email: lrud%60eA%60uc/bnl

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Patti Brewin

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Did You Know Part 2

15% of the world identifies as having a disability According to the World Health Organization, 15% of the world’s population (an estimated 1.1 billion people) identify as having some form of disability. This represents the world’s largest minority, and the only minority group that any of us can become a member of at any time.