Ambassadors are appointed yearly to represent Easter Seals Alberta across the province. They volunteer their time at special events and make public appearances - all in an effort to educate others about life with a disability or medical condition.
Easter Seals Alberta is honoured to work with the following remarkable young people:
Elisheva Ausfresser, Youth Ambassador Northern Alberta 2017
Elisheva, also known as Eli, is 10 years old and lives on an acreage in Spruce Grove with her younger twin siblings, Isaac and Daniela, and her parents – Michelle and Maritzabel. Elisheva is in Grade 5 at Elmwood Elementary in Edmonton.
Elisheva has Crohn’s disease, has many stomach
problems and has to take a lot of medicine. This
past year she attended Camp Got2Go at Easter Seals
Camp Horizon. She does not let her medical
condition stop her from fulfilling her life’s dreams
and goals. She is extremely athletic, and attends
hockey camp throughout the school year and plays the position of goalie.
At camp, she really enjoyed the swimming pool, the giant swing and climbing wall. She has met many new friends at Easter Seals Camp Horizon. By attending Camp, she realizes that she is not the only one in the world who has Crohn’s. She feels it’s not that bad, as it allowed her to go to Camp, and have fun with other kids who are just like her.
Elisheva’s other hobbies include enjoying music; she plays the piano. She also enjoys reading, especially fantasy books. Elisheva is also quite artistic and displays her creativity through sketching images.
Elisheva loves animals and has many different types of animals at home. In fact, her dream is that one day she would like to be an animal behaviorist, and even be an animal whisperer. She has two heroes: Jane Goodall, and Jamie Platz. Jane Goodall, an animal behaviorist is her role model, because she is kind to animals. Jamie Platz also suffered and fought an illness, but he only concentrated on helping others less fortunate than himself get better and healthier.
Elisheva, in the future, would like to see more people donate to causes to help others like herself with medical conditions. She would like there to be more places like Camp Got2Go so that other children around the world could attend this type of camp.
As Elisheva says: “if you don’t stand up for what you believe in, nothing will ever get better."
Lorinda Bye, Youth Ambassador Southern Alberta 2017
Lorinda’s story began 7 years ago when she was camping with her sister and friends. They were caught in a wind storm that blew a tree onto their tent. She was 17 years old and instantly became a paraplegic.
Lorinda was in the hospital a long time
recovering. She wanted to go home but
couldn't because she lived with her parents
in a split level home and would not be able
to move between levels without help. Her
dad was told about Easter Seals Alberta and got in touch. Easter Seals Alberta was there to get Lorinda home by providing a lift to get into her house. Then later, we provided an elevator so she could access all levels of her home independently. The cost of all of this is something Lorinda’s family would never be able to afford. Easter Seals even helped her get her first job after her accident. Easter Seals is also helping her with her education by providing a scholarship for the past two years. Lorinda is now in her second year of university in the public relations program at Mount Royal University and loving it!
She’s learned how to overcome barriers thanks to the help of Easter Seals. In fact, her motto now is just “get over it!” whenever she faces an obstacle.
Lorinda has just returned from travelling to Europe in September for 4 months by herself. She still loves to ski but now she sit ski’s. She’s been bunging jumping with her sister and has even done our DropZone event. Lorinda says, “I’m so happy to be the youth ambassador for southern Alberta this year because Easter Seals really helped me to get to a place that I didn't think was possible.”
Ade Adebolu, Youth Ambassador Northern Alberta 2016
Ade is 11 years old and lives in Edmonton with her mom Jaiye and younger sister Dami.
Ade was born with cerebral palsy which, in her case, means she has several challenges including speech and mobility. These challenges don’t detract from her warm, caring and positive personality, which is why her grandfather’s nickname for her is, “Happy Camper”.
Ade enjoys everything music related. She loves to listen to music, sing, dance, and even watch people dance. You can often find her watching her favourite television shows Dancing with the Stars, X-Factor and American Idol. At school she sings with the choir and enjoys singing all the songs at every performance. Every day her morning starts with music and her day ends with her listening to the radio as she falls sleep.
Ade became part of Easter Seals when her family received a porch lift in their garage. The porch lift has made it possible for Ade to have her wheelchair for use in the house and getting out of the house to go to school, to her appointments, shopping, movies, all the places she needs to get to and to do all the activities she wants to attend.
“With Ade growing older and taller, it is great to have as much assistance when lifting her,” says Jaiye, Ade’s mom. “Being a single-parent it isn’t always easy to lift her into and out of the house and the porch lift makes it safer for us.”
When we asked Jaiye what she hopes for as a parent she replied, “My dream and hope for Ade is similar to what every parent wants for their children, for her to be happy and healthy, to be seen as the wonderful soul that she is, accepted despite her disabilities, and supported in all her achievements, and most of all to feel contentment in her life.”
Colby Ewasiuk, Youth Ambassador Southern Alberta 2016
Colby was born in Bonnyville, Alberta where he lived until he was three-years-old and then moved to Parkland, Alberta where he currently resides with his mom (Kathy) and Dad (Tim). He is 22-years-old. Colby is also an uncle to his brother (J.T.) and sister-in-law’s (Kayla) children Maddison, Parker and Aleeah.
Colby was diagnosed at six-months-old with mild quadraparetic cerebral palsy, caused by a lack of oxygen during surgery, which in his case means his disability effects his gross motor skills. He needs help with personal care, meal preparation, and help with transfers in and out of his power-wheelchair. These challenges don’t detract from his warm, enthusiastic and positive personality.
Colby has been a camper at Easter Seals Camp Horizon since 2012. He remembers his first time at camp where he was greeted by camp counsellors and volunteers that made him feel at ease and welcome. This past summer Colby participated in camp’s leadership training called L.E.A.P. (Learn, Experience, Achieve, Potential). At L.E.A.P. he learned how to set goals and work to the best of his abilities to reach those goals and to become more confident at things that are challenging to him. In addition, Colby trained in public speaking, leadership theory and outdoor activities and has hopes to one day become a camp counsellor.
In his spare time, Colby likes swimming, therapeutic riding, watching movies, bowling, biking, hanging out with friends, and volunteering. He also likes doing family activities and being on television.
Colby’s interest in travelling goes along with his fascination with geography. His favourite way to travel is by airplane and hopes to one day visit the CN Tower in Toronto, Niagara Falls and the Pacific Ocean. Colby would like to study geography because he likes learning about different places and loves to study maps.
Colby is looking forward to having public speaking opportunities as Youth Ambassador and to represent Easter Seals. One of his favourite sayings is, “Keep positive, smile and you will get a smile back!”
Read about our past Youth Ambassadors:
Alessandro Simpatico Youth Ambassador Northern Alberta (2015)
Nicole Wuetherick Youth Ambassador Southern Alberta (2015)
Portia Dugan Youth Ambassador Northern Alberta (2014))
Megan Fachini Youth Ambassador Southern Alberta (2014)
Jacob Dunn Youth Ambassador Northern Alberta (2013)
Jacob McGregor Youth Ambassador Southern Alberta (2013)