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Easter seals ambassador named

Wednesday, January 22, 2014   by: Staff



SAULT STE. MARIE - Easter Seals Ambassador Billy “Dozer” Byrnes-Adam was centre ice last week in his public début as the 2014 Sault Ste. Marie local Ambassador as he dropped the puck in a pre-game ceremony at the Soo Greyhounds game.

It was a good day: the Hounds beat the Steelheads and the Rotary Battle of the Sections raised over $5,400 for Easter Seals Ontario and Rotary youth programs. 

Billy’s family is an average hockey-loving Sault Ste. Marie gang.

His Mom, Ivy, is a huge Vancouver Canucks fan, while Dad, Murray, cheers for the Calgary Flames.

Like any lively young Northern Ontario family, they love to go out fishing, hunting and four-wheeling in the summer.

One of Billy’s favourite activities is to go swimming, but in the winter, they love to go snow machining, making Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids the perfect family outing.

A disability can be a tough barrier for any family, as Ivy explains: “Billy has cerebral palsy in a fairly severe form. He was diagnosed shortly before his first birthday. It stemmed from being born two months prematurely. He is non-verbal and can't walk or weight bear. He uses a walker as well as ankle braces. We are finding that as he gets older, his needs are becoming too much for our smaller healthcare facilities and we are forced to travel more for medical appointments.  With two other kids, it’s very challenging to afford the travel, time off of work, boarding and food while away.”  

Easter Seals’ Ambassador program is one of the oldest and most recognizable Easter Seals programs.

Ambassadors are the face and voice of Easter Seals’ cause: they represent all children, youth and young adults with physical disabilities in their community and work to promote the understanding of their abilities and achievements by speaking at fundraising and community events.

Each year, Easter Seals designates outstanding young people to represent children and youth with physical disabilities across Ontario.  

Upcoming fundraising events include:

Snowarama For Easter Seals Kids - February 8, Enjoy a scenic snowmachine ride on some of The Sault Trailblazer’s groomed trails and fundraise to help support Easter Seals kids. For more information please visit or call (705) 945-1279

TD Change for Change in the Lives of Easter Seals Children - Formerly Penny Power for Easter Seals Kids, this program collects coins on behalf of children/youth with disabilities. The public can participate by dropping off their donation to any TD Canada Trust branch in Sault Ste. Marie until February 28. Change for Change roll day is  Saturday, March 1st, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Cambrian Mall

The Easter Seals Telethon - Sunday, March 30, noon - 7 p.m. on Shaw, cable channel 10

For more than 90 years, Easter Seals has played an important role in providing support for children and youth with physical disabilities from all ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Thanks to its generous donors, Easter Seals continues to offer programs to allow kids to experience freedom, independence and a sense of accomplishment.

Easter Seals helps by providing financial assistance for mobility equipment, communication devices and summer camp opportunities at its two properties, Camp Merrywood and Camp Woodeden.

The Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie has been assisting Easter Seals Ontario since 1923.

Together we make a difference for kids in the community who need our help. 

For more information or to donate visit

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jrebella 1/22/2014 10:46:59 AM Report

bring back the street hockey tourney
Ski-Dude 1/22/2014 10:51:59 AM Report

Thata boy Dozer!!!
friendly 1/22/2014 11:02:46 AM Report

A quick question. Does the money raised in the Sault, stay in the Sault?

If you know the answer, would you please reply?

jo-marie 1/22/2014 2:32:42 PM Report

GO BILLY GO!!!! To know this boy is to love this boy!!!
rfmarket 1/22/2014 4:08:57 PM Report

Hi Friendly,

Yes, the large majority of what is raised goes to help families here in the Sault.

I am the marketing person from the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie. We work very closely with Easter Seals. You might noticed that Rotary is involved with everything that Easter Seals does in the Sault.

From what I understand there are normally 60 to 80 families in the Algoma region that rely on the support of Easter Seals Ontario. The family of a child with a severe physical disability can expect to pay an additional $10,000 - $40,000 to pay for things like medical expenses as well as equipment like wheel chairs and walkers. The other problem is that these families have to make frequent trips down south to see medical specialists so travel expenses can get pretty high for people here in the north.

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rfmarket 1/23/2014 12:58:15 PM Report

Correction, that is $10,000 - $40,000 per year. That's a huge extra cost for a family!
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