UXBRIDGE: As the new 2019 Provincial Easter Seals Ambassador, 16 year-old Graham Baskin is looking forward to spending the year meeting new people and improving his public speaking and media skills.
Graham will spend the year representing Easter Seals Ontario, speaking at events and creating awareness of issues facing kids with physical disabilities, the importance of accessibility and the programs and service provided by Easter Seals.
“Easter Seals is a great organization that has helped me and other kids like me over the years. Each year they send hundreds of children with disabilities to camp. The activities and people I meet are experiences I will never forget,” said Graham Baskin, an outgoing, charismatic history buff with a love for community involvement and independence.
Graham was not born with a disability. It wasn’t until age six his parents noticed he was stumbling and unable to go downstairs with alternating feet. Over the years, his symptoms have slowly progressed. Although Graham is still able to walk with a walker, he mostly uses a wheelchair to get around. Despite a lot of investigation, the underlying medical condition causing his disability remains undiagnosed.
With a passion for history, this outgoing Grade 11 student from Uxbridge is a member of his school’s Vimy Club, the Improv Club and the Student Council. Last year, he received the school’s Resiliency Award, recognizing his perseverance and a high level of engagement in school life. Outside of school, Graham enjoys reading, playing computer games and watching sports. He also volunteers in his community, plays sledge hockey, bikes, swims and likes to travel.
In 2017, Graham was selected as an Accessibility Ambassador for Uxbridge because “having a barrier in his life does not stop him from being active in the Uxbridge community… Graham’s frontal and forward involvement in our community has been one of the key movements to create inclusive environments for people of all abilities.” He hopes to pursue a future in history or dramatic arts.
As a Provincial Easter Seals Ambassador, the message Graham hopes to spread during the coming year is: “Easter Seals kids, along with other kids with disabilities, are people just like you and me, however, some of the world can’t see past their appliances. These kids prefer for people to get to know them first before they are judged. By doing these events and sending kids to camp, Easter Seals makes these kids unstoppable!”
For the past 97 years, Easter Seals Ontario 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 offer programs that enable kids with physical disabilities to experience freedom, independence and a sense of accomplishment, including funding for essential mobility and accessibility equipment, as well as fully accessible summer camp opportunities. Easter Seals helps kids BE KIDS. For more information or to donate, visit EasterSeals.org.
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